Sgt. John DoyleFirearms License Investigator and Issuing Authority
Telephone: 978-744-0171 x202
The Process of Obtaining Your License
Application processing for new and renewal firearms licenses are conducted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO WRITTEN (OR MAILED) APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.
- First: Review the laws below to make sure you are not disqualified from obtaining a license.
- Call or e-mail Sergeant Doyle, via the contact information above, for an appointment (and answers to any questions you might have).
- Review the application and be prepared to answer the questions.
- Show up for your appointment with:
- An up-to-date Massachusetts RMV License or ID1
- A Basic Safety Pistol Course Certificate2
- A Check or Money Order payable to the "City of Salem".3 WE NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH, PER THE CITY OF SALEM.
- Expecting to be fingerprinted, photographed & interviewed. You will be asked for two references (name, address & telephone), PLEASE, NO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.
1If you are a naturalized citizen, or permanent resident alien, you must bring Naturalization papers, or your permanent resident alien card.
2For a license to carry you will need to take an approved training course, such as the Basic Safety Pistol Course given by a Massachusetts state certified instructor, or by the National Rifle Association. Firearms Identification Card requires a Hunter's Safety education course.
3In most cases the fee is $100, otherwise if you are applying for a class D (mace permit) the fee is $25.
Hours of Operation
|Tuesday||12:00PM - 8:00PM|
|Wednesday||8:00AM - 4:00PM|
Application & Laws (For Review Only)
Application will be completed online by Sergeant Doyle during your interview, however application and questions can be viewed at the following link:
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PRINT AN APPLICATION AS THE PROCESS IS DONE ELECTRONICALLY. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
We hope the information you find on this page is helpful to you.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY
Massachusetts Firearms Law Disqualifiers
All of the following crimes will disqualify a person from immediately obtaining an FID. However, if it is not a crime of violence, the person will be entitled to receive the FID after five years from the date of conviction or release from prison, probation or parole (whichever is longer). If this is the case, the person may only possess non-large capacity weapons with the FID card. On the other hand, if a person has been convicted of any of these misdemeanors, it will act as an automatic disqualifier for life from obtaining a LTC. In other words, if a person has been convicted of OUI he or she can never be issued a LTC in the Commonwealth.
All MGL updates are maintained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and this page is merely a reference and may be outdated or inaccurate.
DISQUALIFIERS FOR FID's & LTC's
The following partial list of offenses appear to meet the statutory criteria for violent crimes in Massachusetts. VIOLENT CRIME shall mean any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or any act of juvenile delinquency involving the use or possession of a deadly weapon that would be punishable by imprisonment for such term if committed by an adult: (1) that has an element the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force or deadly weapon against the person of another, (2) that is burglary, extortion, arson or kidnapping, (3) that involves the use of explosives, or (4) that otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious risk of physical injury to another.
|Motor Vehicle Law||MGL Chapter & Section|
|Driving While Under Influence||Chapter 90 §24|
|Crimes Against The Person||MGL Chapter & Section|
|Murder||Chapter 265 §1|
|Manslaughter||Chapter 265 §13|
|Simple Assault||Chapter 265 §13A|
|Simple Assault & Battery||Chapter 265 §13A|
|Indecent Assault & Battery on Child Under Fourteen||Chapter 265 §13B|
|Assault & Battery to Collect Money||Chapter 265 §13C|
|Assault & Battery on a Public Employee||Chapter 265 §13D|
|Indecent Assault & Battery on a Mentally Retarded Person||Chapter 265 §13F|
|Simple Assault & Battery on a Mentally Retarded Person||Chapter 265 §13F|
|Indecent Assault & Battery on Person 14 or Older||Chapter 265 §13H|
|Assault on an E.M.T., Ambulance Operator or Ambulance Attendant||Chapter 265 §13I|
|Assault & Battery on an E.M.T., Ambulance Operator or Ambulance Attendant||Chapter 265 §13I|
|Wanton & Recklessly Permitting Injury to a Child||Chapter 265 §13J|
|Assault & Battery on an Elderly or Handicapped Person||Chapter 265 §13K|
|Mayhem||Chapter 265 §14|
|Assault With Intent to Murder or Maim||Chapter 265 §15|
|Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon||Chapter 265 §15A|
|Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon||Chapter 265 §15B|
|Attempted Murder||Chapter 265 §16|
|Armed Robbery||Chapter 265 §17|
|Assault While Armed With Intent to Rob or Murder||Chapter 265 §18|
|Armed Assault in Dwelling House||Chapter 265 §18A|
|Home Invasion||Chapter 265 §18C|
|Unarmed Robbery||Chapter 265 §19|
|Assault With Intent to Rob or Steal - Unarmed||Chapter 265 §20|
|Stealing by Confining or Putting in Fear||Chapter 265 §21|
|Carjacking||Chapter 265 §21A|
|Rape and Aggravated Rape||Chapter 265 §22|
|Rape of a Child by Force||Chapter 265 §22A|
|Assault With Intent to Commit Rape||Chapter 265 §24|
|Assault of Child With Intent to Commit Rape||Chapter 265 §24B|
|Attempt to Extort Money by Threat||Chapter 265 §25|
|Kidnapping||Chapter 265 §26|
|Use of Poison With Intent to Kill or Injure||Chapter 265 §28|
|Assault With Intent to Commit a Felony||Chapter 265 §29|
|Interfering With Constitutional Rights - if bodily injury results||Chapter 265 §37|
|Abuse of Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities||Chapter 265 §38|
|Assault & Battery or Committing Property Damage to Intimidate||Chapter 265 §39|
|Causing Injury in a Physical Exercise or Training Program||Chapter 265 §40|
|Stalking||Chapter 265 §43|
|Assault & Battery on Child Under Eighteen - Coercion to Join Gangs||Chapter 265 §44|
|Crimes Against Property||MGL Chapter & Section|
|Arson of Dwelling or Aiding in Burning||Chapter 266 §1|
|Willful and Malicious Burning of a Building/Arson of Non-Dwelling||Chapter 266 §2|
|Burning Personal Property Over $25 - Burning Motor Boats & Vehicles||Chapter 266 §5|
|Burning Insured Property||Chapter 266 §10|
|Failure to Report Hotel Fire||Chapter 266 §13A|
|Burglary While Armed - Assault On Occupant||Chapter 266 §14|
|Burglary - Unarmed||Chapter 266 §15|
|Breaking & Entering With Intent to Commit Felony||Chapter 266 §16|
|Entering in Nighttime Without Breaking, B&E Daytime Building, Ship, Vessel or Vehicle||Chapter 266 §17|
|Entering Dwelling House in Night or B&E in Daytime Without Putting In Fear||Chapter 266 §18|
|Larceny from a Common Carrier||Chapter 266 §30(1)|
|Larceny from a Person Carrying on an Express Business||Chapter 266 §30(1)|
|Larceny Under $250 from an Elderly or Disabled Person||Chapter 266 §30(5)|
|Shoplifting Over $100||Chapter 266 §30A|
|Obtaining Commercial Computer Service by Fraud||Chapter 266 §33A|
|Receipt of Deposit by Insolvent Banking Institution||Chapter 266 §54|
|Receiving Stolen Property Under $250||Chapter 266 §60|
|False Statement to Motor Vehicle Insurer||Chapter 266 §111B|
|Obstruction of Medical Facility - Subsequent Offense||Chapter 266 §120E|
|Wanton Destruction of Property Over $250||Chapter 266 §127|
|Destruction of Church or School Property||Chapter 266 §127A|
|Destruction of Jail Property||Chapter 266 §130|
Restraining Orders 209A / §3B
Violation of a Restraining Order - 209A
Violation of a restraining order is a "violent crime", for the purposes of firearms licensing disqualification, if in violating the order, the defendant caused the victim physical harm, or threatened or attempted to cause the victim physical harm, or placed the victim in fear of imminent serious physical harm, or caused the victim to engage in sexual relations by force, threat of force or duress.