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Appeal a firearms license denial

If your firearms license was denied, you can appeal the denial at the district court or in some cases you may petition the Firearm Licensing Review Board.

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District Court

If your firearms license application was denied for any reason, you can appeal the denial at the district court that has jurisdiction over your police department.  The appeal must be submitted within 90 days of the denial.

Firearm Licensing Review Board

If your firearms license application was denied because you were convicted of a misdemeanor punishable by two and one half years, you can petition the Firearm Licensing Review Board.  You can not submit a petition if your misdemeanor conviction was:

  • An assault and battery on a household member
  • A crime involving firearms or ammunition
  • A crime involving drugs 

To petition, you must submit:

  • A notarized petition
  • Payment of fee (bank check or money order)
  • The LTC or FID card application that was denied
  • A written statement
  • The police report that is relevant to the disqualifying conviction
  • Court records that are relevant to the disqualifying conviction

Additionally, you may provide:

  • A police chief or licensing officer recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Any additional police reports or court records
  • Witness list, if any 

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Firearm Licensing Review Board Petition $100 each

How to request

Mail to:

Firearm Licensing Review Board

Department of Criminal Justice Information Services

200 Arlington St., Suite 2200

Chelsea, MA 02150

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Contact

Address

200 Arlington St., Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA 02150

Fax

Fax (617) 884-4601

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