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Firearms Registration
Helpful Hint:  Before submitting your FID or LTC application, download the "Firearms Application Checklist" to ensure you have complete all necessary steps

Firerams Identification Card (FID)

If you had an old paper FID card, it has expired.  Even if the card had an expiration date of ‘Indefinate’ it is no longer valid.  You will need to apply for a new FID / LTC

Strict new eligibility requirements now apply. Please contact your local police officials for details.

A Firearm Identification Cards is the minimum requirement to possess any firearm, even in your home.

A Firearm Identification Card restricted to chemical weapons (ie: MACE or Pepper Spray) is the minimum license required to carry such weapons

License to Carry

The law creates two types of licenses to carry (LTC).

Class A
The Class A LTC permits the purchase, possession and carrying of large-capacity handguns, rifles, shotguns and feeding devices.

Class B
The Class B LTC permits the purchase, possession and carrying of non-large capacity handguns and large-capacity rifles and shotguns.

Class A and Class B LTC Information

•       Your current LTC will be valid until its stated expiration date.  
•       New applicants must be 21 years of age or older to obtain a Class A or Class B LTC.  
•       The new Class A and Class B LTCs are valid for 5 years.  
•       The fee for a Class A or Class B LTC is $100.00.  
•       Strict new eligibility requirements now apply. Please contact your local police officials for details.

The Massachusetts Gun Control Act took effect on October 21, 1998.

  • The law has significantly changed the requirements regarding the purchase, possession, carrying, storage and licensing of firearms. This law also increases the criminal penalties for unlawful possession and use of firearms.
  • Effective June 1,1998, all new firearm license applicants must complete a certified firearms safety or hunter education course.  
  • Effective October 21,1998, all firearms must be stored in a locked container or be equipped with an approved locking device.  
  • Effective October 2 1,1998, the law imposes a ban on covert guns, unreliable guns (junk guns), and certain assault weapons.  
  • Effective October 21,1998, the law establishes a new category of large capacity weapons and feeding devices. A weapon is large capacity if it is a semiautomatic handgun or rifle that is capable of accepting a feeding device that holds more than 10 rounds, or more than 5 shotgun shells (in the case of a shotgun).

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