The Chief of Police in each city and town in the Commonwealth has the responsibility of reviewing and processing applications for Firearms Identification Cards (FID) and License to Carry (LTC) permits. Firearms laws vary by state, but in Massachusetts an LTC permits the purchase, possession, transportation, and carrying of all large and non-large capacity handguns, rifles, shotguns, feeding devices, and ammunition. This is the only license that allows the carrying of a concealed loaded or non-loaded handgun. A person must be 21 or older to obtain an LTC. An FID permits the purchase, possession, and transportation of non-large capacity rifles, shotguns, and ammunition. A person must be 18 years or older (or 14-17 with parental consent) to obtain an FID. Both LTC permits and FID cards are valid for six years. Dealer and machine gun licenses are valid for three years. A machine gun license may be issued to certain individuals who qualify as either a certified Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) instructor or who are deemed "bonafide collectors."
It is important to note that this table is not reflective of the number of firearms that exist within our community. This table simply illustrates the number of licenses issued by NPD. A licensed person may have no firearms or may have 50 (or more). Further, licenses may be issued to "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." Therefore, some licenses may be issued to non-residents who fall into these categories.
Finally, because FIDs and LTCs expire every six years, this table includes six years of licensing so that the viewer can develop a general idea of about how many active licenses exist in our community. The totals for machine gun and dealer licenses are not included because they expire every three years.
This table has been reviewed and recommended by the Open Data Team.