Documents & Forms:
- LTC Application Explanation
- Firearms FID Card (Juvenile) Parental Permission
- Firearms Change of Address Form
The state legislature made sweeping and extensive changes to the Commonwealth’s gun laws in 1998. The laws are multi-faceted and complex, and this website is offered for informational purposes only. It is not offered as any definite legal position, guarantee of issuance or binding legal interpretation by the Great Barrington Police Department. If you have a specific legal issue regarding ownership, possession or transportation as well as eligibility (or lack thereof) for various types of firearms you are advised to speck to a lawyer for a qualified legal opinion.
Steps to Follow in Applying for a License
Applications will ask for biographical information and will request address and contact information for two personal references (non-relatives). Please have that information available including telephone numbers. Applications will be filled out on-line at your interview so it is not necessary to fill one out beforehand. However we do strongly advise that you review it on-line prior to coming in so that you know what questions will be asked of you. All answers are given under pains of perjury and any incorrect information can be grounds for disapproval of your application request. Failure to disclose any and all criminal history record(s) is grounds for disapproval. Failure to answer Question #10 fully and completely is grounds for disapproval. Applications can be found at on-line at the Firearms Records Bureau website.
The first step in the process is to contact the Great Barrington Police Department, Firearms and Licensing Unit in order to schedule an appointment for an interview, and for additional requirements. To schedule an appointment or for further questions, you may call 413-528-0306 (ext. 6) to speak with the licensing person. All permits that are issued are valid for six years.
All checks will be made out to the Town of Great Barrington. No cash or credit cards accepted. Fees are non-refundable.
The licensing authority of the police department reviews the applications. The processing time for all applications is 30-45 days. Renewal applicants are advised to make an appointment at least 30 days prior to the expiration date on their license. There is no grace period for expired licenses unless you have begun the application process.
Applicants will be notified by telephone once the application process is completed.
If you have a License to Carry Firearms (LTC) or a Firearms Identification Card (FID) and you need to renew you will need to bring the following:
FID Card (Class C)
Allows you to possess non-large capacity rifles, shotguns, and Mace or chemical sprays. Weapons that exceed these limits require a Class B LTC or above to possess.
Ages 15-18 must bring a check for $25 and written permission from a parent or guardian to apply for a license. See Forms, etc. You also need a Basic Firearms Safety Course certificate or one from the Environmental Police. Such parent or guardian must accompany the minor child to the station for the application.
FID Card restricted (mace, chemical spray only (Class D License) RED RED
Allows you to purchase, possess and carry Mace, or any other chemical spray which is designed for use on humans. Valid for six years. There is no renewal fee for this license. The license does not allow you to possess or carry any type of firearm, shotgun or handgun. You must bring a check for $25.
LTC Class A
Allows holder to possess and carry Mace, and chemical sprays, non-large and large capacity rifles and shotguns, and non-large and large capacity handguns. You must be age 21 or older to apply.
Before applying for all of the above licenses (except the Class D FID Card restricted) applicants must have completed a certified Basic Firearms Safety Course approved by the Massachusetts State Police. These approved course issue a page size certificate with the words “Department of State Police” at the top. These are the only certificates accepted for applications. **
Only Massachusetts courses are accepted. There are several classes being given in other states that claim to be acceptable in Massachusetts, but they are not. **The Environmental Police conduct “Hunter Safety Courses” and their certificates are also acceptable. Check with local sportsman’s clubs or go to www.goal.org to find a certified course. The Firearms Records Bureau also has a list of instructors on their website.
Persons who are non-residents of Massachusetts may apply directly to the Criminal history Systems Board (CHSB) for a non-residential license to carry firearms. This permit is valid for one year. You may contact the CHSB at 617-660-4638 for an application.
Change of Address
If you possess an LTC or an FID Card you are required to make notification if you move within 30 days of its occurrence. You must send written notification. Forms can be found on-line at the Firearms Records Bureau website.
DISQUALIFIERS FOR ALL OTHER LICENSES (CLASS A LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS, CLASS B LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS, PERMIT TO PURCHASE AND LICENSE TO POSSESS A MACHINE GUN).
WITH TWO EXCEPTIONS, THE DISQUALIFIERS ARE THE SAME AS THE DISQUALIFIERS
“VIOLENT CRIME” – SHALL MEAN ANY CRIME PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM EXCEEDING ONE YEAR, OR ANY ACT OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY INVOLVING THE USE OR POSSESSION OF ANY DEADLY WEAPON THAT WOULD BE PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR SUCH TERM IS COMMITTED BY AN ADULT, THAT HAS AS AN ELEMENT THE USE, ATTEMPTED USE OR THREATENED USE OF PHYSICAL FORCE OR A DEADLY WEAPON AGAINST THE PERSON OF ANOTHER IN BURGLARY, EXTORTION, ARSON OR KIDNAPPING, INVOLVES THE USE OF EXPLOSIVES, OR OTHERWISE INVOLVES CONDUCT THAT PRESENTS A SERIOUS RISK OF PHYSICAL INJURY TO ANOTHER. A SIMPLE ASSAULT AND BATTERY IS CONSIDERED A VIOLENT
MASSACHUSETTS 1998 GUN CONTROL ACT
Misdemeanor Conviction Disqualifier for FID cards and LTC’s
Under Massachusetts law, misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment for more than two years;
1 Excluding weapons related and controlled substance offenses, which are disqualifiers on a separate basis.
Great Barrington Police Department
Chief William Walsh Jr.
465 Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Business Line: (413) 528-0306
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