Persons who want to obtain a License to Carry (LTC) must apply to the municipality in which they live. Non-residents must apply through the Firearms Records Bureau of the Mass Department of Criminal Information Services in Quincy, MA.
For individuals who live in Boston, they must apply in-person at the Public Service Counter, located on the first floor of the BPD Headquarters. Each application costs $100.00, and approval takes approximately 40 days. If approved, the license will remain valid for six years. If you did not have a weapons license before June 1, 1998, you must present a gun safety certificate before filling out the application. All applicants must pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and have no felony convictions. Call (617) 343-4425 for more information.
For non-residents (i.e., live outside of Massachusetts), you can download an application from Mass DCJIS Firearms Records Bureau, complete it and mail in with your check and supporting documentation. They will call and tell you when you are scheduled to come in to be fingerprinted, photographed, and interviewed. They do a livescan and will not accept a fingerprint card. Expect to wait about three months before you get your license. Non-residents are issued a temporary LTC which has to be renewed each year, Mass residents are issued a LTC for five years. You may or may not have restrictions placed on your LTC which limits where you can carry.
Massachusetts residents have to go through a firearms instructor certified by the Commonwealth, whereas out-of-state applicants can submit proof of firearms safety training/education through other means.
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