Massachusetts Gun Laws

Massachusetts Gun Laws

Massachusetts State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney               

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase FID Required YES
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners YES YES
Permit to Carry FID Required YES


Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Not Mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places


Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Imminence requires "overt act"


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Massachusetts

If you are a resident of the state of Massachusetts, you are required by the state to have a gun license in order to own or carry a firearm. Although the type of gun license you possess may vary depending on whether you want to keep a firearm at your home or carry the firearm with you, the application procedure is the same.

Before you can get a gun license, you must take a firearms safety course approved by the state of Massachusetts. You must then complete the "Firearms Identification (FID) Card Or License To Carry Firearms (LTC) Application" and turn it in to a police department in your local area.

The following is a link to the State website & forms: State website: Click Here

Application Form: Click Here