New License to Carry Application Advisory
Over the past months, GOAL has been contacted countless times from citizens looking to acquire their first License to Carry in the Commonwealth. During the COVID-19 era most cities and towns have been good about processing renewals. Some municipalities are refusing to process any applications. Most of the problems have come from the majority of local authorities refusing to process new applications. The excuse has been that it is not safe to conduct initial interviews and obtain fingerprints. If your local licensing authority is refusing to process your License to Carry (only LTCs) there is another option under the law.
Here is what GOAL is recommending:
In accordance with MGL C.140 § 131(d) you may submit your LTC application to either your local authority or to the Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). If your local licensing authority is refusing to process your LTC application, GOAL is recommending that you send your completed application to the Colonel of the MSP. Residents of the Commonwealth are allowed to do so under Chapter 140, Section 131(d).
Below is the specific legal citation:
C.140 section 131(d) Any person residing or having a place of business within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority or any law enforcement officer employed by the licensing authority or any person residing in an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction located within a city or town may submit to the licensing authority or the colonel of state police, an application for a Class A license to carry firearms, or renewal of the same, which the licensing authority or the colonel may issue if it appears that the applicant is not a prohibited person, as set forth in this section, to be issued a license and has good reason to fear injury to the applicant or the applicant’s property or for any other reason, including the carrying of firearms for use in sport or target practice only, subject to the restrictions expressed or authorized under this section.
Your completed application and $100 check made out to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be mailed to the below address:
Colonel Christopher Mason
Massachusetts State Police
Attention Firearm Licensing
470 Worcester Road,
Framingham, MA 01702
Please keep GOAL informed as to any progress or response from the State Police should you forward your application to them.