Massachusetts Concealed Carry Law Summary

Massachusetts Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Open carry allowed only with permit
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer
  State Parks: Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restriction
  Firearms at Colleges: Concealed guns on campus prohibited by law.
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Prohibited
  Church Carry: Churches act like any other private property and may restrict
on a church by church basis
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: The sale, transfer, or new acquisition of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds is unlawful.
  Suppressor Ownership: Prohibited
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: Unloaded guns may be in vehicles if secured in the trunk or in a locked case or other secure container
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout state
  Permit Training Requirements: "Massachusetts Basic Firearms Safety Course"
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents may apply
  Constitutional Carry: No
  Duty to Retreat: Duty to Retreat before using ANY force except when in your dwelling (278-8a)
  Places Off Limits: Logan Airport including the "Security Zone"
All other airports
War Memorial Park
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
  State Contact Info: Firearms Bureau / Mass.
200 Arlington St Ste 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
  Permit Issuing Authority: Local Police
  Length of Permit Validity: 6 Years
  Permit Application Process: In Mass there is a Resident Firearm License which is required to possess firearms and a License to Carry which is required to carry them. link
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