License to Carry Firearms (LTC)
How do I apply for a License to Carry Firearms?
- A detailed letter to Chief Edward Deveau giving all the particulars for wanting to carry a firearm.
- Proof of citizenship. i.e., birth or naturalization certificate.
- Proof of residency. i.e., copy of a utility bill
- Written verification that you have recently (within 6-9 months) completed a firearms safety course approved by the Colonel of State Police. This course must be taught by a state approved firearms instructor. You must present a copy of the instructor’s certification. This is required for NEW license applications. For RENEWAL applications you must show written verification that you have recently (within 6-9 months) been instructed in the proper care and safe use of handguns by a State, NRA, or Mass Criminal Justice Training Council certified instructor. You must present a copy of the instructor’s certification.
- Two letters of reference.
For a Target Shooting Only License, you must submit written verification of your membership in a bona fide gun club. This class of license is restricted to target use and in traveling to and from your home and the range/club.For a Hunting & Target Only License, you also must have a valid and proper hunting license as well as the above. The same restrictions apply as with target only except you may carry while engaged in hunting.For Employment Purposes License, you must submit a letter (in a format provided by the WPD) from your employer stating all the reasons that the possession of a firearm is necessary. This class of license is restricted to that employment and in traveling to and from that place of employment. This license shall be returned to the Watertown Police Department immediately upon separation of said employment .Interview(s) may be required.
Are there any costs involved?
- has been convicted (or adjudicated delinquent or as a youthful offender) of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years imprisonment, or a violent crime
- has been convicted of an offense involving the unlawful use, possession or sale of a narcotic drug
- is currently the subject of an Abuse Prevention Order issued pursuant to M.G.L., Chapter 209A
- is under the age of (21) twenty-one
- is an alien
- has been under treatment for or confined to a hospital or institution for mental illness
- is or has been under treatment for or confinement for drug addiction or habitual drunkenness
- is subject to an outstanding arrest warrant
- is not found to be a suitable person to be so licensed and does not have good reason to fear injury to his person or property, or any other proper purpose, including the carrying of firearms for use in target practice only, by the licensing authority
In addition to the above, Federal Law (CH. 44 Title 18 U.S.C. 922 & the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1997) also adds the following disqualifiers:
- who has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions
- who having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship
- who is a fugitive from justice
How long is a License to Carry Firearms valid for?
Can my license be suspended or revoked?
What happens if I am denied a License to Carry Firearms?
Do I have to inform anyone of my address change?
- the issuing department
- the department of the jurisdiction you are moving into
- Firearms Record Bureau 200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA. 02150