Answer: In the hopes of providing your answer, I looked to the Mass.gov website. The following represents key details involved in buying and owning a gun, in Massachusetts.
Firearms Licenses in Massachusetts
The two most common types of firearms licenses in Massachusetts are:
- a Firearms Identification (FID) card, which permits the license holder to purchase and possess non-large capacity rifles, shotguns, ammunition and pepper spray.
- a License to Carry (LTC), which permits the license holder to purchase and possess all large and non-large capacity firearms, such as assault weapons, rifles, shotguns, and ammunition; this license also allows the carrying of concealed handguns.
FID card applicants can be as young as 15 years old with permission of a parent or guardian. Otherwise, an 18 year old can apply directly. All applicants must complete an approved firearms safety course or Massachusetts basic hunter education course, both of which provide an overview of Massachusetts gun laws and teach individuals how to safely handle a firearm. This education step is not required to purchase pepper spray
LTC, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and must complete an approved firearms safety course or Massachusetts basic hunter education course.
Purchasing and Selling Firearms
A Massachusetts firearms license holder may sell up to 4 guns in any one calendar year through a private transfer without becoming a licensed Massachusetts firearms dealer. Each sale must be reported to the Firearms Records Bureau (FRB) within seven days of the transaction.
According to Massachusetts law, any individual who is the subject of a restraining order issued pursuant to G.L. c. 209Awill have their Firearms Identification (FID) card or Firearms License to Carry (LTC) suspended as long as the restraining order is in effect.
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