MASSACHUSETTS GUN LAWS

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MASSACHUSETTS ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


Massachusetts gun laws operate on the “May Issue” policy. Licences to carry (LTC) are issued to residents and non-residents. Non-residents must apply for a temporary license before traveling to the state. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have passed a firearms training course to apply. A LTC is also required to purchase firearms and ammunition. Applications are made at the local police station or through the State Police if a non-resident.

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Massachusetts CCW license recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


Massachusetts does not honor any other states permits

Massachusetts CCW Permit

Massachusetts is a “may issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 6 years (resident) and 1 year (non-resident).

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You must be a US citizen or legal alien.
  • Completed a firearms training course.
  • Have no Felony
  • No Drug violations
  • No Violent crimes
  • No misdemeanor punishable by more than two years in prison
  • You must not have any outstanding warrants
  • You must not be subject to a current restraining order
  • It must be more than five years since any treatment for drug or alcohol addiction.
  • If you have been hospitalized for mental illness, you must submit an affidavit from a registered physician endorsing your ability to possess a firearm.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Courthouses
  • Elementary or secondary school, college or university
  • Airports
  • Logan Airport security zone
  • When using off highway vehicle such as snowmobile
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Massachusetts Gun Laws

Massachusetts Contacts


Firearms Records Bureau

Hours

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact

Address 200 Arlington St. Suite 2200

CityChelsea, MA 02150

Phone (617) 660-4782

 

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Captain Kip

I currently hold CCW licenses with my home state of Wisconsin, Utah & Florida. I will be driving through Massachusetts on my way to Florida. Can I keep my gun in my glove box or do I have to unload it and lock it in the trunk?

Chris Dullea
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Chris Dullea

Transporting, Unloaded, locked and out of reach is fine.

Brendan
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Brendan

Not fine, you will get hit for it… google similar cases.

James D Peppard
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James D Peppard

Mass can carry in NH?
But NH can’t carry in MA?

Chris
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Chris

Sucks, dont it….?

Dave P
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Dave P

MA residents can only carry in NH with a non resident permit issued from the state o f NH other than that your MA license doesn’t mean shit in NH. I know I use to live in MA and moved to NH.

Jack
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Jack

I recently called the NH state police firearms dept listed on the non resident cow site for NH. The woman told me that NH is now a constitutional carry state, and that no non resident permit is required for a MA resident. ME is the same. One difference I need to check is Duty to Inform. Mass is No, but I believe constitutional carry states require it.

John Doh
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John Doh

Yep, NH is now Constitutional Carry. Literally no permit, no registration. You just don’t want to be a felon in possession of one. Period.

Jim
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Jim

Worth pointing out, unlike VT, NH offers permits for use in states that recognize permits

Jim
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Jim

No one can carry in MA unless getting a Class A license via local, or for non residents, state police.

Mike
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Mike

What is the situation with NH and ME not flagging as blue for MA residents since they honor all state CCW’s? It makes me question the accuracy of the map overall despite the site being incredibly thorough.

Joe
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Joe

NH is relatively new to honoring MA. Not sure about why ME/

Dave P
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Dave P

I believe ME is a right to carry state so they reciprocate with NH and you can carry in ME on your NH CCW.

Jim
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Jim

ME has permitless/constitutional carry but not sure if that extends to non residents.

Shawn
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Shawn

Then what is the point of putting restriction like sporting and target on license? when one past all require for ltc. but 5 mile from me my buddy get unrestricted cause he is in another town. another friend in the same town gets the same cause he know a cop. no question asked. i wish i knew that at the time. springfield ma

Joe
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Joe

Simply because they can. Its a “may issue” state.

John
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John

MA Literally sucks ass. Only the criminals have an easy time owning a firearm here.