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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


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


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 200 Arlington St. Suite 2200

CityChelsea, MA 02150

Phone (617) 660-4782

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