In an effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus the Ashby Police Department is temporarily suspending all in-person interviews related to Firearms Licensing Applications and Renewals. We ask for the community’s assistance by reducing to the maximum extent possible, people coming to the police station unless there is an emergency.
Firearm License Renewals
- Download and Fill out the Massachusetts Resident LTC/FID Application and mail it along with any supporting documents. (In-person interviews are temporarily postponed due to COVID-19)
- Applicants should mail their renewal application to the Ashby Police Department at: 893 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431 Attn: Firearms Licensing.
- The Application should include a check with the appropriate application fee. Processing of the application will not be initiated without appropriate fees enclosed.
- For licensees applying for a renewal, prior to the expiration of their license (and who get a receipt acknowledging so), their license will remain valid until the agency approves or denies it.
To Apply for a Firearms Identification Card (F.I.D.) or License To Carry (L.T.C.)
- Similar to the process for renewals,
- Download and Fill out the Massachusetts Resident LTC/FID Application, mail it with the appropriate fees to the Ashby Police Department.
- Your Application process will be initiated to the extent possible. New applicants will need to complete their in-person interview with the Firearms Licensing Officer and have their fingerprints and photographs obtained. (These in-person activities are required and are temporarily postponed due to COVID-19, but will be scheduled at a later date).
- This process is our attempt at complying with the Governor’s social distancing guidelines and the recommendations from Health services.
Firearm Change of Address Notification
A cardholder shall notify the licensing authority that issued such firearms license, the chief of police into whose jurisdiction such cardholder moves, and the commissioner of the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services of any change of address within 30 days of its occurrence. Failure to notify any of these entities shall be cause for revocation or suspension of the license. Download the Change of Address Form
New LTC applicants
Must be 21 years of age or older to obtain a permit. In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 131(a) & (b); Issuing of LTCs is also “subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use or carrying of firearms as the licensing authority deems proper” An LTC costs $100.00 and is valid for 6 years.
New FID applicants
Must be 18 years or older (or 14-17 years of age with parental consent. Applicants 14 years old may apply, but will not be issued the card until they reach age 15). In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 129B; “Any person residing or having a place of business within the jurisdiction of the licensing authority or any person residing in an area of exclusive federal jurisdiction located within a city or town may submit to the licensing authority an application for a firearm identification card, or renewal of the same, which the licensing authority shall issue if it appears that the applicant is not a prohibited person”. The fee for an FID card is $100.00 for people 18 years of age or older and $25 for applicants under 18 years of age. It is valid for 6 years.
Chemical Spray (MACE)
FID card for Chemical Spray is not required unless applicant is under the age of 18.
In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 131P (a) all first time firearm license applicants must successfully complete a MA Certified Firearms Safety Course or a Basic Hunter Education Course and submit a certificate of completion with their firearms license application.
Certified Firearms Safety Courses
Courses are taught by independent instructors certified by the Mass. Department of State Police and are usually a 1-day course. Taking a firearms safety course is your best option if you are simply trying to fulfill the training requirement to apply for a Mass. firearms license.
Basic Hunter Education Courses
Courses are administered by the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and are taught throughout the state by certified volunteer instructors. The Basic Hunter Education course includes recommended performance guidelines for all novice hunters. People interested in obtaining a hunting license as well as apply for an FID should take this course.
Licenses will be issued for the following reasons and restrictions will apply in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 140 Sections 129B and 131.
Licenses to carry are subject to the following restrictions relative to possession, use or carrying firearms as the Licensing Authority deems proper.
- No Restriction
- Basic Safety Course Certificate plus proof of completion of an “Advance Gun Course”.
- Restricted – For Target, Hunting, Sporting, Collecting, and Re-enactment.
- Basic Safety Course Certificate
Any improper use reported to our department may result in the permanent revocation of your License to Carry Firearms on the grounds of suitability. If you are denied or disqualified for any reason you will be notified in writing of both the reason for denial and the appeal process.