Firearms Licensing Information
How do I apply for a License to Carry Firearms (LTC)? Applicants may download an application from the forms page on this website to use as a rough draft. An online application must be completed at the station.
An applicant must submit all of the following:
VALID MASSACHUSETTS DRIVERS LICENSE
PROOF OF RESIDENCY (LISTING IN MOST RECENT LIST OF RESIDENTS BOOK OR LETTER FROM TOWN CLERK) OR PROPRIETOR OF A BUSINESS IN TOWN
$100 APPLICATION FEE – CASH OR CHECK (PAYABLE TO TOWN OF BLANDFORD) APPLICANTS 70 AND OVER FREE
FINGERPRINTS REQUIRED FOR FIRST LTC
VALID COPY OF A MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE CERTIFIED BASIC FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE OR A HUNTER SAFETY COURSE
LETTER ADDRESSED TO CHIEF KEVIN HENNESSEY DETAILING YOUR NEEDS FOR A LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS
TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE FROM A NON-RELATIVE WITH PHONE NUMBERS INCLUDED
MUST BE 21 AT TIME OF APPLICATION
LICENSES ARE VALID FOR NOT LESS THAN 5 YEARS NOR MORE THAN 6 YEARS FROM YOUR BIRTHDAY.
CLASS A LTC ENTITLEMENTS: A class A license shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, borrow, possess and carry firearms (handguns), rifles and shotguns including large capacity firearms, rifles and shotguns and feeding devices and ammunition therefore, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper.
CLASS B LTC ENTITLEMENTS: A class B license shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, lease, borrow, possess and carry firearms, rifles and shotguns including large capacity rifles and shotguns (but not firearms) and feeding devices and ammunition therefore, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper.
A class B licensee may possess large capacity shotguns and rifles including so-called assault weapons permitted by law, and all handguns except those which are semi-automatic with a magazine capacity of more than ten rounds, or which have been determined to be large capacity by their placement on the EOPS “Large Capacity Weapons Roster.”
A class B license shall not entitle the holder thereof to carry or possess a loaded firearm in a concealed manner in any public way or place.
What do I need to provide when renewing a class A or B License to Carry?
SAME MATERIAL AS LISTED ABOVE EXCEPT FOR THE MSP CERTIFIED SAFETY COURSE CERTIFICATE AND FINGERPRINTS.
OLDER STYLE, EXPIRED LICENSES WHICH DO NOT END IN “A” OR “B” REQUIRE FINGERPRINTS AND A NEW SAFETY COURSE CLASS MUST BE COMPLETED
RENEWALS ISSUED FROM JURISDICTIONS OUTSIDE OF BLANDFORD MUST SUPPLY A VALID COPY OF THE FIREARMS TRAINING CERTIFICATE
How do I apply for a new Class C Firearms Identification Card (FID/C)?
THE SAME REQUIREMENTS AS LISTED ABOVE FOR LTC’S EXCEPT:
APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR THOSE 15-18 MUST PROVIDE LETTER FROM A PARENT OR GUARDIAN GRANTING PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR A FID CARD
LICENSES ARE VALID FOR 6 YEARS FROM DATE OF ISSUE
LETTER TO CHIEF IS NOT REQUIRED
Class C FID Card entitlements: A class C FID card shall entitle a holder thereof to purchase, rent, lease, borrow, possess and carry non-large capacity rifles and shotguns and ammunition therefore for all lawful purposes subject to the existing statutory restrictions regarding carrying on public ways, in vehicles etc. An FID card also entitles a minor to purchase a rifle, shotgun or ammunition including chemical sprays.
What is a Class D Firearms Identification Card (FID/D)?
RESTRICTED FOR PURCHASE AND POSSESSION OF CHEMICAL SPRAYS ONLY (FOR EXAMPLE: MACE OR PEPPER SPRAY)
APPLICANTS MUST BE 18 OR THOSE 15-18 MUST PROVIDE A LETTER FROM A PARENT OF GUARDIAN GRANTING PERMISSION TO APPLY FOR THE CARD
FEE IS $25 FOR FIRST CARD, RENEWALS ARE FREE
LICENSES ARE VALID FOR 6 YEARS FROM DATE OF ISSUE
SAFETY COURSE NOT REQUIRED
Do I have to inform anyone of my address change? Yes, you must complete the “Change of Address Notification Form” and follow its instructions. You must notify the following agencies within 30 days:
· The issuing department
· The department where you are moving to
· Firearms Records Bureau 200 Arlington St., Suite 2200, Chelsea Ma. 02150
Who can I contact with any additional questions? You can call the Blandford Police Department 413-848-2020 if no one is available leave a message and an officer will return your call. Further information about firearms laws is available at Mass.Gov keyword Firearms Support Services.
Disqualifications for LTC: The following are crimes that if convicted will disqualify you for an LTC:
Misdemeanor Conviction Dis qualifier for FID cards and LTC's
Under Massachusetts law, misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment for more than two years
include the following offenses
Crimes Against the Person:
Assault (c. 265, § 13A)
Assault & Battery (c. 265, § 13A)
A&B on Public Employee (c. 265, § 13D)
A&B on Ambulance Personnel (c. 265, § 13I)
Permitting Injury to a Child (c. 265, § 13J)
Gross Negligence by Common Carrier (c. 265, § 30)
A&B/Property Damage to Intimidate (c. 265, § 39)
Causing Injury in a Physical Exercise Program (c. 265, § 40)
Resisting Arrest (c. 268, § 32B)
Crimes Against Property:
False Statement to Insurer (c. 266, § 11B)
Failure to Report Hotel Fire (c. 266, 13A)
Larceny from Common Carrier/Business (c. 266, § 30(1))
Larceny Under $250 from Elder/Disabled Person (c. 266, § 30(5))
Shoplifting Over $100 (c. 266, § 30A)
Falsely Obtaining Commercial Computer Service(c. 266, § 33A)
Receipt of Deposit by Insolvent Bank (c. 266, § 54)
Receiving Stolen Property Under $250 (c. 266, § 60)
Obstruction of Medical Facility - Subseq. Offense (c. 266, § 120E)
Wanton Destruction Property Over $250 (c. 266, § 127)
Destruction Church/School Property (c. 266, § 127A)
Destruction Jail Property (c. 266, § 130)
Motor Vehicle Offenses:
Operating after Suspension for OUI/MVH, etc. (c. 90, § 23)
Operating Under the Influence (c. 90, § 24(1)) - AFTER MAY 1994
Motor Vehicle Homicide While OUI and OTE (c. 90, § 24G(b))
OUI with Serious Bodily Injury (c. 90, § 24L(2))
OUI on a Vessel (c. 90B, § 8(a))
OUI on a Vessel With Serious Bodily Injury (c. 90B, § 8A(1))
Homicide by Vessel While OUI and OTE (c. 90B, § 8B(2))