Firearms Identification Cards (FID) and Licenses to Carry (LTC) are processed by appointment only. There are two appointment slots available per day Tuesday through Friday at 10 am and 1 pm. Please Request an Appointment or call 978-582-4531 between the hours of 7 am - 3 pm. Monday through Friday.
Due to the high volume of applications, appointments are usually booked at least one month out.
Requirements For Application For a License to Carry Firearms
The applicant must be at least 21 years of age, a resident of the Town of Lunenburg, and a citizen or permanent resident alien, or a business owner in the Town of Lunenburg.
The applicant must submit a completed application, and a copy of their birth certificate, naturalization papers, or permanent resident card, whichever is applicable.
The applicant must submit three signed letters of recommendation. The recommendation must come from a responsible person (no relatives, no Lunenburg police officers). The letter must state you are a fit person to possess a firearm.
If you have appeared in court for any criminal offense, or if you were the subject of a 209A restraining order, you may be required to obtain and submit copies of police reports, 209A affidavits, and court documents.
The application must submit a fully initialed and signed information on question number 4 waiver. When completing your application, pay close attention to question number 4. Please understand that the question "Have you ever appeared in any court as a defendant" includes all adult and juvenile appearances. It does not matter when you appeared or if the charges were dismissed, continued without a finding, or any other disposition. You must write it down. You are signing the application under the penalties of perjury. You can be denied a license and could face court prosecution for perjury if not answered truthfully.
The license fee is $100 payable by check or money order (made out to the Town of Lunenburg) (non-refundable).
Prior to your appointment date, you must attend a state-certified firearms safety course.
Requirements For Application For a Firearms Identification Card
- A completed application
- Copy of Birth Certificate or Naturalization Papers/Passport. For an FID, the minimum age requirement is 15 years of age, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian up until the age of 18
- Firearms Safety Certificate
- Massachusetts Driver's License or Mass ID with current address
- One-hundred-dollar ($100) application fee (non-refundable)
- Twenty-five dollar ($25) application fee for applicants ages 15 to 17
- All Non-Resident and Resident Alien Permits are issued through the Firearms Record Bureau. For more information please call 617-660-4780
Massachusetts LTC/FID Disqualifiers
Crimes Against The Person
- Assault & Battery
- Assault & Battery on Public Employee
- Assault & Battery on Ambulance Personnel
- Permitting Injury to a Child
- Gross Negligence by Common Carrier
- Assault & Battery/Property Damage to Intimidate
- Causing Injury in a Physical Exercise Program
- Resisting Arrest
Crimes Against Property
- Failure to Report Hotel Fire
- Larceny from Common Carrier/Business
- Larceny Under $250 from Elder/Disabled Person
- Shoplifting over $250
- Falsely Obtaining Commercial Computer Service
- Receipt of Deposit by Insolvent Bank
- Receiving Stolen Property Under $250
- False Statement to Motor Vehicle Insurer
- Obstruction of Medical Facility - Subsequent Offense
- Wanton Destruction of Property over $250
- Destruction of Church/School Property
- Destruction Jail Property
Motor Vehicle Offenses
- Operating After Suspension for OUI/Motor Vehicle Homicide
- OUI Alcohol
- Motor Vehicle Homicide while OUI or while Operating to Endanger
- OUI with Serious Bodily Injury
- OUI on a Vessel
- OUI on a Vessel with Serious Bodily Injury
- Homicide by Vessel while OUI or while Operating to Endanger
Note: OUI Conviction disqualifier for LTC - May 27, 1994
OUI Conviction Automatic Disqualifier for License to Carry Firearm
The 1999 firearms law now automatically disqualifies anyone from obtaining a license to carry (LTC) a firearm on the basis of a misdemeanor conviction which carries a penalty of more than two years. Therefore, anyone convicted of OUI will fall into this category. See c140§131. However, OUI only became a 2 1/2 year misdemeanor effective May 27, 1994. Prior to that, it was only a 2-year misdemeanor. Therefore, anyone convicted of OUI prior to that date will not automatically be disqualified.
In order to be eligible to receive a new or to renew an LTC, an applicant must be deemed by the chief of police to be a suitable person. The chief considers factors such as the applicant's reputation in the community, his/her involvement in criminal activities that did not lead to an arrest or conviction, association with known criminals, etc. In addition, the following statutory restrictions affect an applicant's suitability:
- The applicant was convicted or adjudicated as a youthful offender anywhere for:
- Commission of a felony or misdemeanor with a sentence greater than two years
- Commission of a violent crime
- Violation of any firearms law punishable by imprisonment
- Violation of any narcotics law
- The applicant has been committed to an institution for mental illness or for alcohol or substance abuse
- The applicant is under the age 21
- The applicant is an alien of the United States
- The applicant is subject to any Chapter 209A protective order in Massachusetts or similar domestic violence stay-away order in another state
- The applicant is subject to an outstanding arrest warrant
- The applicant was convicted of a misdemeanor offense punishable by imprisonment for more than two years
- The applicant was convicted of a violent crime
- The applicant was convicted of a felony
- Pursuant to Chapter 140 section 129B of the Massachusetts General Laws, the Chief of Police may not deny an applicant's request for a FID Card unless he/she is subject to one of the statutory disqualifications listed above.
Massachusetts Gun Transaction Portal
Important notice - Massachusetts law now requires all firearms license holders and gun owners to report all personal sales, transfers, and surrenders of firearms through the Massachusetts gun transaction portal. Paper FA-10 forms will no longer be accepted for the above purposes.
Questions about the new portal should be directed to the Massachusetts Department of criminal justice information services at 617-660-4782.