Firearms Laws and Regulations

In Massachusetts, there are three separate types of gun licenses or permits to purchase/possess firearms.  They are the License to Carry (LTC), Firearms Identification Card (FID), and FID Card – Restricted. The LTC allows the holder to possess and carry rifles, shotguns, and handguns. The FID allows you to possess non-largecapacity rifles, shotguns, and chemical sprays. Weapons that exceed these limits require an LTC or above to possess.  The FID – Restricted is for individuals to possess mace and pepper spray only.  Adults 18 and older do not need a permit to only purchase or possess mace or pepper spray. Minors between the ages of 15 and 17 need a valid FID – Restricted to possess mace or pepper spray.  


If your FID or LTC is due to expire while you are on active duty the law allows for this license to remain active for the duration of your active-duty deployment and for a period of 180 days (or more) after release from active duty. If this exception applies to you, please contact Records Supervisor Michelle Wright via phone or email (mwright@westfordma.govfor more information so that the electronic records can reflect this extended status. 

Click on the links below for more specific information on each type of permit. 

License to Carry (LTC) 

Firearms Identification Card (FID) 

Firearms Identification Card (FID) – Restricted 

Gunsmith/Dealer/Ammunition License