An Act Relative to Non-Resident Firearm License Fees H.1265 S.1339

1/16/17 Update: This bill has been refiled for the 190th General Court by Sen. Mike Moore (SD.65) and Sen. Don Humason (SD.1155)


Currently a non-resident that wishes to exercise their Second Amendment rights in the Commonwealth must obtain a one year temporary license at a cost of $100. Under the current administration those applicants must submit to an interview and are often restricted without cause.

This bill cleans up the non-resident LTC language making it a “shall issue”, extending the license to six years, establishing a prohibited person, etc.


Bill Language:

SECTION 1. Section 131F of Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, shall be amended by deleting the following sentence;
“Such license shall be valid for a period of one year but the colonel may renew such license, if in his discretion, such renewal is necessary.”

And replacing it with the following: Such license shall be valid for a period of six years.

SECTION 2. Section 131F of Chapter 140 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, shall be amended by deleting the second paragraph in its entirety and replacing it with the following

A license issued under this section shall be marked “License to Carry Firearms”. The fee for an application for the license shall be $40, which shall be payable to the licensing authority and shall not be prorated or refunded in case of revocation or denial. The licensing authority shall retain $20 of the fee; $20 of the fee shall be deposited into the general fund of the commonwealth. A license issued under the provisions of this section to a non-resident who is in the employ of a bank, public utility corporation, or a firm engaged in the business of transferring monies, or business of similar nature, or a firm licensed as a private detective under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty-seven, and whose application is endorsed by his employer, or who is a member of the armed services and is stationed within the territorial boundaries of the commonwealth and has the written consent of his commanding officer, may be issued for any term not to exceed six years, and said licenses shall expire in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred and thirty-one.

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