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Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr.
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NOTE NEW GUN PERMIT PROCEDURE - Please Note -for GUN PERMITS please call 781-393-4769 ONLY firearms licensing Detective Medford PD will no longer accept "DROPPED OFF APPLICATIONS" or RANDOM WALK-INS - You must make an appointment.
All the information you need about applying for a permit and the process involved is answered on this and the FRB WEB pages (below). The state legislature made sweeping and extensive changes to the commonwealth’s gun laws in 1998. The laws are multi-faceted and complex, and this web page is offered for informational purposes and as general guidance about some of these laws only. If you have a specific legal issue regarding the ownership, possession or transportation of firearms, as well as your eligibility (or lack thereof) for the various types of firearms licenses, you are advised to speak to a lawyer for a qualified legal opinion. Note: On the State application it states to have two photographs. Medford PD will take the photographs for licenses that we issue.
Important Note: IF YOU HAVE THE OLD VERSION OF THE FID CARD, (issued prior to 1998) it is expired, despite the fact it says on it 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 dealer until such time as you obtain the proper permit.
The Medford Police Firearms Licensing Section, issues firearms permits to Medford Residents, pursuant to MGL Chapter 140.
Steps to Follow in Applying for a License:
Types of Permits:
All of the above permits are valid for at least 5, but no more than 6 years, expiring on your birthday. Important Note: There is a 90-day "grace period" on expired licenses to carry.
The term "Large Capacity" means a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun, with a fixed or detachable feeding device (whether a magazine or rotating drum or cylinder) capable of or readily modifiable to accept over 10 rounds or ammunition in a handgun or rifle, or five shells in a shotgun. It does not include any weapon operated by a manual slide, bolt or pump mechanism. The state has created a roster of Large Capacity Weapons. Note that any weapon that meets the above definition is still considered a large capacity, even if it’s not on the list.
A resident alien may apply to the State Police for an alien permit to possess a non-large capacity rifle or shotgun. There is no provision for an alien to lawfully possess any handgun or large capacity rifle or shotgun. This permit is valid for one year, cost is $100.00 and it expires at Midnight December 31st.
Persons who are not residents of the Commonwealth may apply directly to the state police for a non-resident license to carry firearms. This permit is valid for one year.
Safe Storage Law
Keep your guns locked up! Under Chapter 140 section 131L, all weapons, when not under the direct control of the owner, MUST be either kept secured in a locked container, or equipped with a "tamper-resistant safety device" that makes the gun inaccessible to anyone but the owner. Failure to comply with this carries severe monetary fines, and prison time, up to ten years in certain instances, as well as specifically assigning criminal liability to the weapons owner if it is used in injuring or killing someone.
Change of Address
If you hold a License to Carry Firearms or a Firearms Identification Card, you are required to make several notifications if you move. You must send written notification (registered mail is suggested) to: Chief Issuing FID/LTC and new the Chief for the city you are moving to and the FRB in Chelsea.
General Laws of Massachusetts http://www.state.ma.us/legis/laws/mgl/index.htm
FID Issue: Chapter 140 Section 129
LTC Issue: Chapter 140 Section 131
Alien Permit: Chapter 140 Section 131H
Secure Storage: Chapter 140 Section 131L
Criminal History Systems Board, Firearms Records Bureau
To download the applications for FID/LTC, the new link is:
Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts www.goal.org
National Rifle Association www.nra.org