Massachusetts Gun Law Details Every state has the right to pass their own gun laws. Within
every state, each separate town or city can also enact specific firearm
restrictions. Several city ordinances against gun ownership have made
their way to the Supreme Court. Most notably the gun laws in Chicago
and Washington, D.C. were struck down by the Court in favor of gun
ownership. Among the states, Massachusetts is considered to have some
of the toughest regulations with regard to firearm purchases and
possession. To own or purchase any type of firearms in Massachusetts
you must first obtain the proper license.
Types of Massachusetts Firearm Licenses Restricted Firearm Identification License or RFID. This license
pertains to carrying non-lethal types of defensive weapons such as
pepper spray or mace. In Massachusetts these are considered firearms
and you need a license to own them.
Firearms ID or FID This license is needed to own or buy long rifles and mace or
Class A This type of license is required for anyone who buys or owns any
type of gun that can hold more then ten rounds. You will also need a
Class A license to obtain a concealed carry permit. With a Class A
license you can carry a loaded handgun. The Class A license is issued
by the Chief of Police in the particular town where you reside. These
restrictions can also vary from town to town.
Class B This license applies to firearms that hold up to less then ten
rounds. It also restricts the owner from carrying a concealed loaded
weapon. And any time the weapon is being transported is has to be
locked up and out of reach and ammunition.
Machine Gun This license is specifically needed for machine gun ownership or
Massachusetts Firearm License Restrictions There are several restrictions in place that can prevent a
Massachusetts resident from obtaining a firearm license of any class.
These include any type of conviction as an adult or juvenile which
would be deemed to disqualify you from owning a firearm such as
felonies or prior gun offenses
If the person has ever been confined for a mental illness or for
treatment of drug or alcohol abuses they can be restricted from a
firearm license. The same restrictions applies to any fugitive from
justice, a person who has an order of protection signed against them or
Non-Resident Firearm Laws If you are a non-resident of Massachusetts you are allowed to be
in possession of a firearm when hunting if you have a proper hunting
license or if you are at a shooting range. You are also allowed to
transport that firearm through the state if it is unloaded and secured
in a carrying case.
Additional Massachusetts Firearm Restrictions It is against the law in Massachusetts to fire a gun within 500
feet of a building unless you have the consent of the owner, the
building is a type of fire range or you are using your gun in defense.
If you are in possession of a firearm, you are required to provide your
appropriate license to any law officer upon demand. Failure to do so
can mean having your firearm confiscated. Massachusetts requires that
all firearms be kept locked up unless they are in direct control of the
licensed owner of the weapon.