Massachusetts Firearms Laws

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140, §§ 121-131Q regulate firearm possession and licensing in the Commonwealth.

License to Carry Firearms

A LTC or FID Card is required to possess or carry firearms in Massachusetts, unless otherwise exempt.

License to Carry Firearms

Firearms Identification Card

Non-Resident License to Carry Firearms 

Resident Alien Permit to Possess Rifles and Shotguns



Additional Resources

Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014

In August of 2014, Chapter 284 of the Acts of 2014 was signed into law. This action amended the Massachusetts gun law and made changes to many of the law’s provisions.

An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence


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