Understand Your 2nd Amendment Rights in Massachusetts in 2021

2nd Amendment in Massachusetts

Understand Your 2nd Amendment Rights in Massachusetts in 2021

Massachusetts, or The Bay State, as we know it, issues licenses that one can carry (LTC). The local police station issues these licenses for the residents while the State Police Firearms Records Bureau issues for the non-residents. 

Outline of Massachusetts License to Carry

While the 2nd Amendment gives you the right to own and carry a firearm, in Massachusetts its required to obtain a firearm identification- FID card or an LTC if you wish to purchase a firearm. You also have to undergo a background check, as the law stipulates if you’re planning to purchase a handgun from a private provider.

Before a transaction can take place, the seller has to verify the authenticity of the buyer by presenting his FID card to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. The requirements are the same when purchasing ammunition.

While handguns do not necessarily require registration, firearm sellers must report transfers and sales of firearms to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. This department bears the responsibility by state law of maintaining comprehensive records of transfers and sales. 

If you have a class B license, then you can open-carry firearms of non-large capacity. There have been certain revisions in the licensure, which indicate that there will be no more issuance of class B licenses. However, the existing ones will continue to have their validity. 

Conceal Carry Laws in Massachusetts

Those individuals who have an LTC of Massachusetts or an A-class LTC they had received formerly can legally conceal carry. Both residents and non-residents can apply for LTC’s provided they are of twenty-one years of age and above. 

Prohibited Firearms in Massachusetts

According to the law of Massachusetts, the following firearms are prohibited; hence sales and acquisition of the following are no longer legal:

  • Assault weapons G.L c. 140
  • 131M
  • Copies and duplicates of an assault weapon are also prohibited. 

Massachusetts law defines assault weapons in several ways. The law indicates a list of weapons, categorizing them by model and make, which are no longer legal for buying and selling. The law also prohibits selling and purchasing copies and duplicates of the listed weapons. 

The law regulates a list of features that categorize several guns as assault weapons and are, therefore, banned in the state. These weapons also include the semiautomatic ones that allow a detachable ammunition magazine, among other criteria. 

Tactical Dynamics: Massachusetts leading Firearms Licensing Course Provider

The State of Massachusetts has strict gun laws relative to some of its neighboring states. If you are looking to own a weapon or firearm be sure to have a solid understanding of current legislation. From regulating licenses and the eligibility to carry to conceal carry laws, it is important to understand your limitations and flexibility by the law to ensure you remain lawful. If you need your LTC or Firearm ID in Massachusetts, sign up for a licensing course with Tactical Dynamics today! 


Evan Bidgood
  • What You Need To Know Before You Can Carry In Massachusetts | Tactical Dynamics
    Posted at 14:44h, 29 June Reply

    […] Understanding your second amendment rights is crucial in order to carry a gun. In the state of Massachusetts, you must have a license to carry. This article takes a deeper look into the process of obtaining a license, owning a gun, and more. […]

  • danny veri
    Posted at 18:23h, 13 October Reply

    I will be living in mass for the winter. I have a legal, registered firearm in michigan and want to bring it with me. I called the local police in Mass and asked If I could have it in my home only. His reply was you can but if you shoot it you will go to jail. I asked, “If an intruder broke in and I shot them in the chest i would go to jail, he said yes. HOw in the hell is this not a violation of my rights to protect myself

    • Jeff - TacDyn Instructor
      Posted at 09:56h, 18 October Reply

      I’m surprised he said you were even allowed to have it in MA. I’m assuming you don’t have any MA LTC which would prohibit you from being able to legally carry the firearm on your person. You are also supposed to be licensed to possess a firearm in your home. Solution to this would be to look into an out-of-state license for MA, which would require a safety course and an application.

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