GOAL is currently in communication with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. They have recently allowed the Registry of Motor Vehicles to extend all licenses, registrations, etc. by 60 days. GOAL is asking that they do the same thing with firearm licenses. The Major City Chiefs Association and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police are in agreement with us on this.
While we are waiting on their response, here are a few things that some licensing authorities are doing to help. Please check with your town to learn if they apply accordingly.
- Most towns are ceasing new applications to prevent face to face interactions, but are saying mail them in if you wish.
- Some are asking that renewal applications be done by mail. In this case there are a few things to remember.
- Include a $100 check made out to the city/town that you are renewing in.
- Ask for a receipt for the application. Some are asking that you provide an email address to respond to this request. Others have said they will mail the receipt to you.
- Once you have applied for renewal, and have a receipt, your license is valid until action is taken on it.
- Some towns have stated that they will use your recent Registry of Motor Vehicle photo for the mail in process or the one they have on file. Some towns are asking to provide a photo with your hard copy application, preferably on a white or bright background. We assume this will allow them to take a photo of it for the files.
- As for fingerprints, there should be no need if there are on file. In any case most are willing to waive that requirement for now.
Note: Even if you are able to conduct the process remotely you may not receive a physical license or card anytime soon. We are not even sure if the Firearms Record Bureau is currently operating.
Chapter 140, Section 131(i) “if the licensee applied for renewal prior to the end of that period, the license shall remain valid after its expiration date for all lawful purposes until the application for renewal is approved or denied.”