An Act Relative to Change of Address for Firearm Licensing

Latest News: H.2103 was filed by Rep. by Rep. Joe McKenna for the 191st MA General Court.

What it does: Under current law a Massachusetts resident who possesses an FID Card or License to Carry, who moves within MA, must within 30 days notify by certified mail the issuing authority, the local authority to where they are moving and the Firearms Records Bureau. A resident who moves out of state must also notify the issuing authority (city/town that issued license) and the Firearms Records Bureau. Failure to provide such notifications in either case, is cause for revocation or suspension of license for MA resident licensees. This could also trigger a denial of license for a resident who moved away, should they move back to MA.

Why it is important: There is no logical reason for such an extreme penalty. This bill removes the harsh penalties for failure to file change of address.


Bill Language:

SECTION 1. Section 129B of Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, shall be amended by deleting the following in lines 222 through 223: –

“Failure to so notify shall be cause for revocation or suspension of such card.”

SECTION 2. Section 131 of Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, shall be amended by deleting the following in lines 306 through 307: – “Failure to so notify shall be cause for revocation or suspension of said license.”