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Guide to gun rights in your Massachusetts town

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  1. Moderator

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    Here is a town list, type your town and the color and someone will make the edit. Although we will do our best to keep this list accurate and updated as always your local issuing officer has the last say. This list is compiled from the experiences of NES members. Remember we don't know everyone's full story, so take it for what it's worth.

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    FIREARM APPLICATION STATUS INFO

    You can now retrieve the status of the firearms license application you’ve submitted to your local police department through the DCJIS by calling (617) 660-4722 during the normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    The following information is required:
    • Name
    • Date of birth
    • Active LTC, FID card, or machine gun license number
    • Driver’s license number (for identity verification)

    Questions other than license status should be directed to the FRB at (617) 660-4782.
    Bold Green usually Issue "Class A" "ALP"

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    Bold Red May Issue and/or are difficult to obtain a "Class A" "All Lawful Purposes" usually give out restricted such as "Sport and Target"

    Cities in Bold Black are almost Impossible or impossible to Obtain a "Class A" usually issue a "Class B" or "FID"

    Cities in Blue are still awaiting member feedback at this time.

    Cities in Orange have conflicting or inconsistent information or experiences.

    ***Important*** If you did a search on your town, the software will default it's color to RED (this is the softwares way of highlighting it). Please don't use the forum software to search a town.

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    Abington
    Acton
    Acushnet Formerly red
    Adams May give out ALP on renewal.
    Agawam
    Alford
    Amesbury
    Amherst
    Andover Formally Red
    Aquinnah
    Arlington
    Ashburnham
    Ashby
    Ashfield
    Ashland
    Athol
    Attleboro
    Auburn
    Avon
    Ayer
    Barnstable
    Barre
    Becket
    Bedford
    Belchertown
    Bellingham
    Belmont
    Berkley
    Berlin
    Bernardston
    Beverly
    Billerica
    Blackstone
    Blandford
    Bolton
    Bourne
    Boxboro
    Boxford
    Boylston
    Braintree
    Brewster
    Bridgewater Formaly red Read this And this and this too
    Brimfield
    Brockton
    Brookfield
    Brookline
    Buckland
    Burlington
    Cambridge
    Canton
    Carlisle formerly red
    Carver
    Charlemont
    Charlton
    Chatham
    Chelmsford
    Chelsea
    Cheshire
    Chester
    Chesterfield
    Chicopee Formally red [banana]
    Chilmark
    Clarksburg
    Clinton
    Cohasset
    Colrain
    Concord
    Conway
    Cummington
    Dalton
    Danvers (May issue A or B for first time apps)
    Dartmouth
    Dedham Formally red
    Deerfield
    Dennis
    Dighton
    Douglas
    Dover
    Dracut
    Dudley
    Dunstable
    Duxbury
    East Bridgewater
    East Brookfield
    East Longmeadow
    Eastham
    Easthampton
    Easton
    Edgartown
    Egremont
    Erving
    Essex
    Everett
    Fairhaven
    Fall River
    Falmouth
    Fitchburg Unknown at present
    Florida
    Foxborough
    Framingham used to be green
    Franklin
    Freetown
    Gardner
    Georgetown
    Gill
    Gloucester
    Goshen
    Gosnold
    Grafton
    Granby
    Granville
    Great Barrington
    Greenfield
    Groton
    Groveland Mixed info
    Hadley
    Halifax
    Hamilton Inconsistent info at this time. May issue black for first time applicants.
    Hampden
    Hancock
    Hanover
    Hanson
    Hardwick
    Harvard
    Harwich
    Haverhill
    Hatfield
    Hawley
    Heath
    Hingham
    Hinsdale
    Holbrook
    Holden
    Holland
    Holliston
    Holyoke
    Hopedale
    Hopkinton
    Hubbardston
    Hudson Used to be red.
    Hull read this
    Huntington
    Ipswich
    Kingston
    Lakeville
    Lancaster
    Lanesborough
    Lawrence
    Lee
    Leicester
    Lenox
    Leominster
    Leverett
    Lexington Formally green [angry]
    Leyden
    Lincoln
    Littleton
    Longmeadow Formerly Red [smile]
    Lowell
    Ludlow
    Lunenburg
    Lynn
    Lynnfield
    Malden
    Manchester-by-the-Sea
    Mansfield
    Marblehead
    Marion
    Marlborough
    Marshfield
    Mashpee
    Mattapoisett
    Maynard
    Medfield
    Medford
    Medway
    Melrose
    Mendon
    Merrimac Inconsistant info
    Methuen Formerly red. Let's hope it stays this way.
    Middleborough
    Middlefield
    Middleton Red at best
    Milford
    Millbury
    Millis
    Millville May issue a restricted LTC the first go around
    Milton May still issue restricted
    Monroe
    Monson
    Montague
    Monterey
    Montgomery
    Mount Washington
    Nahant
    Nantucket
    Natick Formerly red. Last few post have been positive.
    Needham
    New Ashford
    New Bedford At the moment we have conflicting information on this town
    New Braintree
    New Marlborough
    New Salem
    Newbury
    Newburyport
    NEWTON
    Norfolk
    North Adams
    North Andover
    North Attleborough
    North Brookfield
    North Reading Read this, thing might be getting bad
    Northborough
    Northbridge
    Northfield
    Northampton
    Norton
    Norwell
    Norwood Formally Red. [smile]
    Oak Bluffs
    Oakham
    Orange
    Orleans
    Otis
    Oxford
    Palmer
    Paxton
    Peabody
    Pelham
    Pembroke
    Pepperell
    Peru
    Petersham
    Phillipston
    Pittsfield Formally Red [wink]
    Plainfield
    Plainville but turning orange-ish. I hope to change this soon, just need a little more info
    Plymouth
    Plympton
    Princeton
    Provincetown
    Quincy
    Randolph
    Raynham
    Reading
    Rehoboth
    Revere Inconsistent info on this city
    Richmond
    Ripton
    Rochester
    Rockland
    Rockport
    Rowe
    Rowley formerly black [smile].
    Royalston
    Russell
    Rutland
    Salem
    Salisbury
    Sandisfield
    Sandwich
    Saugus
    Savoy
    Scituate Formerly green [angry]
    Seekonk
    Sharon
    Sheffield
    Shelburne
    Sherborn
    Shirley
    Shrewsbury
    Shutesbury
    Somerset
    Somerville
    Southbridge
    South Hadley
    Southampton
    Southborough
    Spencer
    Southwick
    Springfield
    Sterling
    Stockbridge
    Stoneham
    Stoughton
    Stow
    Sturbridge
    Sudbury
    Sunderland
    Sutton
    Swampscott
    Swansea
    Taunton
    Templeton
    Tewksbury
    Tisbury
    Tolland
    Topsfield
    Townsend
    Truro
    Tyngsborough
    Tyringham
    Upton
    Uxbridge
    Wakefield
    Wales
    Walpole
    Waltham
    May issue unrestricted on your second time applying
    Ware
    Warren
    Wareham
    Warwick
    Washington
    Watertown
    Wayland
    Webster
    Wellesley
    Wellfleet May give out restricted Class A's for young & first time applicants
    Wendell
    Wenham
    West Boylston
    West Bridgewater
    West Brookfield
    West Newbury
    West Stockbridge
    West Springfield
    West Tisbury
    Westborough
    Westfield
    Westford
    Westhampton
    Westminster
    Weston
    Westport
    Westwood
    Weymouth
    Whately
    Whitman
    Wilbraham
    Williamsburg
    Williamstown
    Wilmington
    Winchendon
    Winchester
    Windsor
    Winthrop
    Woburn
    Worcester
    Worthington
    Wrentham
    Yarmouth
     
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  2. tele_mark

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    Leominster -- Green
     
  3. Weerd Beard

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    Belmont, Red (possibly Black: I was TOLD that when I renew they MIGHT grant an ALP...but you know how far I trust that)
     
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    Ok, everyone in North Attleboro that I know...they only put ALP on thier app and they've all gotten it, including myself.

    So I would say that we're green as well.
     
  5. daceman63

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    Maynard renewed me ALP no problem all the time ( July 2004 and it's still the same chief and SGTs) but I have no idea of new applicants.
     
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  6. DR

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    First, a request: can the folks supplying their experience state when it happened? It would be good to know how up to date the data are.

    I had no trouble in Bedford. First license, no extraneous crap required, and the only reason I listed was "All Lawful Purposes". This was in January 2004.
     
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    Well, just renewed in April and still only listed ALP. So I would say pretty up to date for North.
     
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    I got my LTC-ALP last December, first try, first time applying.

    Oh -- my sister got hers in Hubbardston -- ALP -- so Hubbardston is green also.
     
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    Burlington is most certainly Green [smile]
     
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    Bolton First application in the town must meet with the chief.

    My Very first LTC under the Chapter 180 rules came from Acton (I was so lucky to have my old one expire at just the right time. At that time Acton was Green and the License Authority said that to keep things simple it was Class A ALP or nothing. Things might have changed. BTW, that first LTC was number 103.

    Before that I was in Ashland, but Tom Kinder was my Football coach, and Robert Gonfrade used to hang out and hunt with my best friend's dad. (^_^) Kinda made the whole license thing a moot point. (^_^) So glad i'm not in that town now, I hear that Melnik is as corrupt as mumbles.
     
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    Canton

    From experiences of family, and stories heard through grapevine, I would say it's "almost impossible"
     
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    Brockton - red (for first timers anyway) It's another one of those, they tell you the restricted for your first and then you can get the ALP... we'll see when I renew in 3 years ;)
     
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    My city is not even listed! Salem is definately BOLD BLACK. I got mine in Aug '04. Lucky for me I was working for the city at the time which I'm sure helped out a lot.
     
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    I added Haverhill.
     
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    I would say Waltham is red.

    They require extra crap (3 references and a personal letter to the chief). I moved to Waltham from Medford and they will not honor renewals unless I give them 3 letters of reference and a personal letter even though I already was approved in Medford (Medford required 3 letters).

    Medford might issue an ALP if you have a good sob story. Did it for my fiance's Mother, but not for me.
     
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    Medford = (correction) Red (No ALP on 1st time issue or renewal)

    Might as well go ahead and color the well known PITA communities bold black...
    Brookline, Quincy, Worchester, Boston, Newton, etc.
     
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    Wouldn't that be RED? Or is it first time renewal in that town? It that is the case we should make those Green *
     
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    Fixed [grin]

    1st time renewal I was turned down an ALP, however, from reading kels post there's conflicting experiences WRT to Medford. As an example I wasn't required to provide any letters either for 1st time issuance or renewal, I did have to provide 3 references though.

    One suggestion regarding this list... doesn't (shouldn't), GOAL have this information on file? I seem to recall they had a survey or something similar on their website for gun owners to report any hassles with licensing problems.

    Couldn't we just get that info from them and post it here?
     
  19. JonJ

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    Plymouth
    I added it.
     
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    Is there a reason Marlborough isn't listed AT ALL? Did I move to NH without knowing it? [smile]

    first license was S&T, renewed as ALP twice. New Chief, though, so I think they only give ALP now. Except for the anecdotal story I got from the guys at the Army Navy store in Boylston: they told me that they got S&T, but from the story it sounds like they were being real dicks to the licensing officer. Again, this is hearsay - I certainly didn't have any problem.

    Extra stuff - they want you to take the $20 course from Worcester PD on the legal ramifications of carrying... or they did 8 years ago, anyway. Don't know if Worcester even offers it now.

    I'd say Marlborough is green.
     
  21. MrsWildweasel

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    I changed Westhampton's to green. BJ, I am also pretty sure quite a few of the hilltowns are shall issue also.[smile]
     
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    You're mising a few towns also... West Springfield which is green.
    Westfield is also green
    these towns are green Williamsburg is also green
    South Hadley is also green.
    I'll come back and change later. I'll ask my niece about southampton, since she is working in their PD.
     
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    Sterling is Green. Then again most of the towns out west don't really have problems giving out LTC-A ALP unless you give them problems.

    Police here are really nice bunch of guys. Met some of them when I did the Citizens Police Academy. Lots of community involved activities which makes the town a really great place to live.
     
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    Watertown = RED

    You MUST show a need for an LTC-ALP.

    As for other criteria as Lens mentioned:

    I was LEO for 18 years.
    I attended the Citizens Police Academy
    I was on the Community Policing Council for my District
    My name was submitted by the Department for a position on some state LE regulatory board (I don't remember what it was now).

    And yet, I can't get an LTC-ALP. Only an A for "Target/stuff".[frown]

    Thank God for LEOSA. [smile]

    RJ
     
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    I met a lawyer who had an ALP from Watertown. He said they gave it to him as "a professional courtesy," in recognition of the fact that he might know people or have the know how to make their life annoying. He also said they do not issue ALP.
     
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    Northampton
    and
    Amherst

    should both be green.
     
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    Somerville- not even on your list of towns, is RED. I've bitched about it enough that I thought you might have put it on automatically [laugh]
     
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    Oh- and from my experience in Melrose (also not on your list) I'd put it as GREEN since it was admitted they only give out ALP, but maybe with a note that you'll get the major runaround before you get your LTC
     
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    How does this look? Clicking on the community will bring the user to the firearms licensing requirements and/or contact info for that department. "NI" (No Info), means that department doesn't have a website, or there is no licensing info for that department.

    These are the communities that have been reported so far (including some of the better known 'yeas or nays'... Brookline, Boston, Quincy, Arlington, etc).

    Amherst

    Arlington

    Bedford (Note:pDF file)

    Bellingham NI

    Belmont LTC

    Belmont FID

    Bolton

    Boston

    Brockton

    Brookline

    Burlington NI (contact phone # only)

    Haverhill (Note: PDF File)

    Holden

    Hubbardston NI (website directs to CHSB)

    Leominster NI

    Maynard



    Melrose

    North Attleborough

    Northhampton

    Plymouth

    Salem

    Quincy NI

    Somerville NI

    South Hadly NI

    Sterling NI

    Waltham

    Watertown

    Westfield

    Westford NI

    West Hampton NI

    West Springfield NI

    Link to MA Police Departments websites
     
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