Massachusetts has very strict firearm regulations compared to most states.
Massachusetts has 5 different types of firearm licenses. A class A allows the carry and concealed carry of Large Capacity handguns, rifles and mace (yes you need a firearm permit to carry mace in Massachusetts). It costs a total of $200, $100 for the license itself, and $100 for the safety course. You must be 21 or older to apply for a Class A license. Class A Restricted licenses cost the same as a regular Class A, but only allow open carry of large capacity handguns, rifles and maces, concealed carry is not allowed on a Class A Restricted permit. Class B licenses also cost $200 and allow the holder to open carry, not conceal a non-large capacity handguns, rifles, and mace. Applicants must be 21 or older. An FID card costs $200, and allows open carry of non-large capacity riffles/shotguns and mace. Applicants must be 18 or older, or 15 and up with parent’s consent. An FID card is required to purchase any firearm in Massachusetts. A Restricted FID cost $25, this only allows for the carry of mace/pepper spray. Applicants must be 18 or 15 with parental consent.
Massachusetts defines large capacity handguns as being able to hold 10 or more rounds, non-large capacity handguns carry 10 or less rounds. Large capacity rifles and shotguns can hold 5 or more rounds, non-large capacity rifles/shotguns hold 5 or less rounds.
|Permit to Purchase||Yes||Yes|
|State Preemption of Local Restrictions||No||No|
(often encompasses the open carry permit)