Firearms

Application forms for new license requests and license renewals may be picked up at our station. The best time to stop by is during the week between 8 am and 1 pm. The forms are usually available at any other Massachusetts police department as well. You can also download the form from our Forms & Reports page and print it out on your own printer.

Upon completion of the application form, follow these steps:  
 

1. Call Sgt. Paul Manning at 508-645-2313 to make an appointment. If he is not is in when you call, leave a message and he will call you back.

 

2. A $100.00 non-refundable fee must be submitted along with the application. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Aquinnah.

 

3. First time applicants are required to submit a copy of a certificate of completion from a state-approved basic firearms safety course along with their application.

 

 

 

 

Approval of applications is subject to conditions provided for in the Massachusetts General Laws. The application process is taking approximately 30 to 45 days. Applicants are advised to submit an application for renewal at least 30 days prior to the expiration date on their license.
 

For more information read the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140 (sections 121-131), Chapter 269 (sections 10-12) and Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998 that apply to firearms. Click here for more on firearms laws.

Important Renewal Date Information

LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS

All License To Carry Firearms will expire on the expiration date currently listed on the license.

FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION CARDS

If your current FID card does not have a fingerprint or photo of you on it, then it is expired. New changes to the firearms laws require all FID cardholders to renew their cards. Expired cardholders caught carrying a weapon can be subject to a fine up to $5000 and/or arrest.

Renewal of an Expired LTC

If an applicant submits an application to renew a LTC that has expired by more than ninety (90) days, the rules and conditions governing the issuance of a new LTC will be used to evaluate the application. IMPORTANT: Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 140 section 131M, any person in possession of a firearm, rifle or shotgun whose license is invalid for the sole reason that it has expired, but who shall not be disqualified from renewal upon application shall be subject to a civil fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000. There is no grace period for expired licenses!

Certificate of Completion of a Safety Course

Each new applicant for a LTC or FID Card (except an applicant for an FID to carry mace or other chemical propellant ONLY) must successfully complete a safety course certified by the Department of State Police or in the case of an FID Card a course of instruction in the safe handling of firearms administered by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The instructor must be certified by the Department of State Police to teach the approved course. Additionally, applicants for a LTC may be required to complete a proficiency course, depending on the applicant’s prior experience in the handling of firearms. A current list of courses that qualify are listed here.

Residency

All applicants for a LTC or a FID must provide proof of residency or ownership of a business in the Town of Aquinnah.

Still have questions about the Massachusetts Firearms Laws?

If you still have questions regarding the laws governing firearms possession, handling, transportation and licensing, you can email the police department at pmanning@aquinnahpolice.us with your question, or you can call the police station directly at 508-645-2313. If no one is in the station, leave your question on the machine and someone will respond in a timely fashion. In addition, you can read the sections of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140 (sections 121-131) and Chapter 269 (sections 10-12) and Chapter 180 of the Acts of 1998 that apply to firearms right here online by visiting the Massachusetts General Laws web site.