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


RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

NON-RESIDENT
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

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
Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  2. Resident – Check with your local Police as to what is required, there were some changes in 2017.
  3. Non-Resident – Check with the Firearms Record Bureau as to what is required, there were some changes in 2017.
  4. You will be notified within 40 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

New Permits:
$100 (Residents 6 years)
$100 (Non-residents 1 year)

  • Massachusetts concealed carry application

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

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the local police department where the applicant resides or has a place of business. Non-residents need to file their application with the Firearms Records Bureau.
40 Days
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 40 days of the application being received.
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law

There is nothing in Massachusetts gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does require you to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

NO

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Massachusetts gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

NO – Without a Permit/License
If you do not have a permit you cannot carry a loaded firearm inside any vehicle. Unlawfully carrying a firearm in a vehicle, or in one’s possession outside one’s residence or place of business, without the required license or card, subjects a person to a mandatory minimum sentence of 1 year in jail, or 2 1/2 years in prison. A permit/license holder can transport a loaded or unloaded handgun on his person or in a motor vehicle if the handgun is under their direct control.
NO – Without a Permit/License
If you do not have a permit/license then you cannot open carry.
There are no laws that prevent a permit/license holder carrying a concealed firearm openly. I would be very cautious though, you will definitely attract attention from law enforcement and could end up a test case.
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. State wildlife sanctuaries are off-limits.

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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