Firearms Licensing

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The Rockland Police Dept will not be taking walk-in appointments for Firearms Licensing at this time. Please contact Ofc Direnzo at 781-871-3890 ext 124 to set-up an appointment. Please fill out all paperwork prior to you scheduled appointment.Applications may be processed electronically or by phone upon contact with ofc Direnzo.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

Applying For a New or Renewal License to Carry Firearms or Firearms Identification Card

Renewal Applicants

An appointment must be made with a firearms licensing official to renew your license. Call the officer listed below and leave your name and phone number. Office Hours are 9am-2pm based on the availability of the Licensing officials. You will be required to show proof of residency in Rockland, and have a money order in the amount of $100.00 payable to the Town Of Rockland. Cash/credit cards/personal checks are not accepted. Note: For new Rockland residents that are renewing a License to Carry or FID issued by another agency, you are required to show proof of completing an approved Firearms Safety Course which must include a LIVE FIRE COMPONENT or proof that you held a license prior to June 1, 1998.

Questions: Please review all the information under Renewal Applicants to answer most questions. All other questions regarding your LTC/FID application or other related licensing issues can be directed to     Officer Jeffrey Direnzo @ 781-871-3890 ext 124 or email [email protected].

Check FID Issue Date: Important Note: IF YOU HAVE AN OLD VERSION OF THE FID CARD, (issued prior to 1998) it is expired, despite the fact it says that it never expires. There is no exception for the possession of any firearms, rifles or shotguns under an expired FID card. Do not carry or transport any arms out of your home under any circumstances. We would advise you to secure any weapons with a properly licensed friend, relative or firearms dealer until such time as you obtain the proper permit.

 

Steps to follow in applying for a license (new applicants):

License to Carry

allows the holder to purchase, possess and transport Handguns, Rifles and Shotguns, as well as their respective feeding devices. It further allows the bearer to carry a concealed handgun in public. This is the only license that allows this. A License to Carry is a “discretionary issue” permit, with part of the criteria being the issuing authority’s (Chief of Police) determination that the applicant is a “suitable” person. The Chief of Police also has the authority to impose any restrictions he deems proper on the terms of the license.

Firearms Identification Card (FID)

allows the holder to purchase, possess and transport non-large capacity rifles and shotguns. It also allows a handgun to be kept in the home or place of business only if the handgun was purchased with a Permit to Purchase. It does not, under any circumstances, allow the carrying or transport of any handgun in public by the FID holder.

Firearms Identification Card (FID restricted)

As of January 2015, a permit is no longer required to purchase, possess and carry aerosol incapacitating sprays such as “Mace” or pepper spray, if you are 18 years of age or older.  Persons 15 years of age to 17 years of age are allowed to purchase, possess and carry aerosol incapacitating sprays such as “Mace” or pepper spray with written parent authorization and completion of application.  These items can only be purchased through an ammunition dealer licensed in Massachusetts.

Overview of the Licensing Aspects of the State's Firearms Law

  • All current Licenses To Carry firearms are valid and renewable on the expiration date shown on such licenses. Thereafter, they will be renewable every 6 years.
  • Categories of Licenses To Carry Firearms are :
  • Class A - Allows the holder to possess large capacity firearms, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.  Only Class A holders may carry a concealed weapon in public.
  • Class B - Allows the holder to possess non-large capacity firearms (handguns) as well as large capacity rifles, shotguns and ammunition.
  • (Class B holders MAY NOT carry a concealed weapon in public.)
  • Categories of Firearms Identification Cards are:
  • Class C - Allows the holder to possess non-large capacity rifles, shotguns and ammunition. Weapons must be transported unloaded and in locked trunk or otherwise encased in a locked/secured container.
  • Older FID cards with "Indefinite" expiration dates are no longer valid.
  • Properly licensed shooting clubs may have both large and non-large capacity firearms, rifles and shotguns for use by their members and guests.

Securing Firearms

Recently, Massachusetts amended Chapter 140 (Firearms Laws) by adding Section 131L. Section 131L makes it unlawful to store or keep any firearm, shotgun or other weapon "in any place" without ensuring first that the weapon is secured in:

  • A locked container, or
  • Secured with a tamper resistant mechanical lock or other safety device. The safety device must render the weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other authorized user.
  • Violations of this section of law are punishable as follows:
  • Firearm, rifle or shotgun (non large capacity) - Fine of not less than $5000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year.
  • Large Capacity weapon or machine gun - Fine of not less than $1000 nor more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Additional penalties are provided for unlawful storage of weapons when they are kept where individuals under the age of eighteen might gain access and who do not possess a valid Firearms Identification Card. This section carries up to ten years imprisonment. Failure to properly secure the weapon in the manner provided by statute shall constitute evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any civil or criminal proceeding.

 

Some Basic changes in the law that are NOW in effect effective Jan 2015:

Self-defense sprays are no longer considered to be "ammunition". Persons 18 years of age or older no longer require an FID card to possess self-defense spray. Minors between 15 years of age and under 18 may possess self-defense sprays (if granted an FID card and permission from parent).

Persons selling chemical sprays need an ammunition dealer's license.

An LTC for Law Enforcement retiree is now $25.00.

Class B LTCs should no longer be issued.

Existing Class B LTCs are valid until they expire.

New expiration date (formerly a grace period) for expired LTC/FID - if person applies before expiration, the LTC/FID is valid until license is approved or denied.

Important Notice: On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the E-FA-10 web site will become the Massachusetts Gun Portal. Beginning on that date, firearms licensees and gun owners are required by law to report ALL private sales, transfers, and surrenders of firearms to the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau via the Gun Portal. Paper FA-10 forms will no longer be accepted for these transaction types. You can use the link to access the Massachusetts Gun Portal:

Fees and Requirements

  • A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 will apply to all Licenses To Carry and Firearms Identification card applications and renewals, with the following exceptions:
  • There is no fee for a person age 70 or over.
  • Under 18 there is a $25.00 charge for Firearms Identification Card.
  • Check or money order payable to the "Town of Rockland".
  • Copy of Safety Course Certificate - LTC Handgun Safety Course/FID Hunter Safety Course (If you are active military, please provide documentation. This paperwork exempts you from the Safety Course Requirements.)
  • Applicants must submit proof of citizenship and residency.