This information is for those who live in Massachusetts and have either a Firearm Identification Card (FID) or a License to Carry permit (LTC). This information can save you from losing your gun permit and or paying a huge fine of $10,000; Any FID card holder or LTC licensee shall notify, in writing, the original licensing authority who issued said license, the chief of police into whose jurisdiction the licensee moves and the executive director of the criminal history systems board of any change of address. Such notification shall be made by certified mail, (with a return receipt for your protection) within 30 days of changing your address. Failure to do so shall be cause for revocation or suspension of said license.
Basically the state wants you to to photocopy the front side of your gun permit three (3) times, When you send in the states Change of Address Notification form, you send it to three (3) different places.
1. To the police chief in your old city or town,
2. To the police chief in your new city or town,
3. To the Firearms Record Bureau at 200 Arlington st. Suite 2200, in Chelsea Ma. 02150. www.mass.gov/chsb
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PLEASE EMAIL ME. email@example.com
So you will attach to each notification form a copy of the (front) of your gun permit, and mail them out. It is very important that you file away the return receipts when they come back to you, in a safe place, later they may come in very handy as proof that you did what you were supposed to do. Police departments may (misfile) this information and not have it when you go to renew your permit in a new town later, so CYA. And if you trust the state not to (lose) your information,…..God bless you. I don’t trust the state to do anything efficiently except to create new tax burdens/fees.
Your local police stations should carry the Change of Address Notification forms if you need them, or the Firearms Record Bureau in Chelsea, (617-660-4780 or 4600) could mail them to you, or they can be downloaded from the Ma. State Police website. You DO NOT need to fill them out if your only moving from one street in your town to another street within your town because your still in your town, also you DO NOT need to fill them out if your moving out of state. I put one copy of the form in each folder I hand out in class so that you can make as many copies as you need. Just keep in mind that the Change of Address Notification forms have explicit directions on them for your convenience, read them.
NOTE: As far as where the criminals live and keep their guns, no one knows, but by God, you should feel all warm and fuzzy knowing all the people least likely to commit crimes, (legal gun owners) are right under the thumb of big brother at all times, makes me feel good all over, and makes politicians feel they have created something really special and important, (more likely impotent). As far as the number of crimes this address notification form has prevented, there are no statistics readily available at this time, and there never will be…….
Your permit is good now for 6 years and expires on your birthday. You are supposed to get a ‘reminder’ notice to renew, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it to come, I have never seen one since 1970, I know some people who have and have not got one. At least 3 months before it expires you should start the renewal process anyway, (please read Gun Sense #39) if you have started that process ‘prior’ to expiration, and your birthday comes before you have received your new permit, you will be given a receipt along with your old gun permit, together they will be honored for as long as it takes the state to send you your new license. Please read Gun Sense #41.
Here is the ‘catch’, if your permit expires and you never started the renewal process, you can/will lose your license/guns and, (in some towns) you will need to go through the safety class/process again before you can get them back, also you may be fined $500, as ridiculous as that fee sounds it is true and can be enforced! Hey, you keep these pinheads in office…..
So please, mark it on your calendar three months out, and try to pay attention. If you do not want to renew your license it is up to you to legally get rid of your firearm(s) prior to your license expiration so that you will not be in illegal possession of them. I know that ‘life’ sometimes can get in the way, that is why I give you this reminder. If you took my class you will know where I stand on this issue….Sincerely,
Mark Shean, About Me
www.mafirearmsafety.com -written 11-30-2009, revised 8-13-2014
For Ma. Firearm Transaction list; https://mircs.chs.state.ma.us/fa10/action/home?app_context=home&app_action=presentTrans choose the option you need.
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