If you have been denied in you’re quest for a firearm permit, (LTC) here in Ma. due to a past misdemeanor conviction(s), there is a process that you may initiate to try to counter the denial by your police chief. You need to realize though that if the Firearms License Review Board, a 7 member board, finds in your favor, that will be a good thing, but you’re police chief will still be making the final determination. He will look at you’re application in a different light if the review board has found in you’re favor, that will lend weight to you’re cause and may sway him to issue you a license. Initially he may only issue you a license with a restriction like ‘target and hunting only’ and the next time around in six years may issue the license you really want, so keep this in mind.
This link gets you to their instructions and address; http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/petition-and-instruction-letter.pdf Just copy and paste.
Another option for you would be to apply for an FID card first. With an FID card there are only 3 reasons you can be denied. The reasons are, 1. If you have not been a felon. 2. If you have not been a substance abuser within the last 5 years. 3. If you were not involuntarily placed in a mental institution within the last 5 years. Under the law no other reason/criteria for denial may be used when issuing an FID card. There are even exemptions to a couple of these, (2, 3) reasons. As a courtesy I have added the following link for you to find instantly the ‘petition form’ needed, if your being denied a LTC, along with all related information. Another link that gets you to the Criminal History Systems Board is, www.mass.gov/chsb
For the Ma. Firearms Transaction List go; https://mircs.chs.state.ma.us/fa10/action/home?app_context=home&app_action=presentTrans choose the option you need.
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–>IMPORTANT NOTICE: Also,there is a non-profit group of lawyers under the name of Comm2A that may help if you have been denied an LTC due to an old conviction, or a minor firearms conviction or even a minor drug offense that may have caused you to lose your LTC/FID. If they take your case, there ‘may’ be no cost to you. Comm2A has multiple cases pending in federal court in an effort to ensure state firearms law treats all lawful residents fairly and equally. You can contact this group at www.comm2a.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-942-0660.
Mark Shean, About Me
www.mafirearmsafety.com written 4-11-2010
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