This is information that I think people need to know if they want a better chance for a gun license in Ma. If you did not hear this in you’re firearm safety class, you have been inadvertently set up for failure probably by someone who did not know enough to bring it up.
For your ‘reason’ ask if they accept, (Any Lawful Purpose), if for some bizarre reason that is not accepted, for you’re second runner up put, (For Personal Protection) as a reasonable alternative, it boils down to a silly matter of semantics’s in some towns. Next, read carefully, and please, take it very seriously;
When you are filling out your application for a firearm license you will come to questions that the police already have the answers too. It may be helpful for you to request a current Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) report. This is a tool you can use to help you if you’re not sure of what might be part of you’re record, you can attach it to you’re application. Let me stress that you do not have to get a CORI report, only if you want to.
There are a range of questions about being convicted for certain things. The application is not looking for parking tickets/moving violations. It is absolutely imperative that if you have been in front of a judge at some point in you’re life for some other reason, even if ultimately nothing came of it, you need to mention it, it is on you’re record and [they want you to repeat what they already know about you]. If something was ‘dismissed’ make sure you emphasize that it was dismissed, or, ‘continued without a finding’, or, ‘expired’.
If you leave something out because you don’t think it was important, because maybe it was a ‘continued without a finding’, (cwoaf) or maybe it is an expired 209-A restraining order, or perhaps a long ago, long gone probation when you were a teen, it may not be important to you anymore, but if you leave it out the police consider it a “lie by omission” and it can lead to a denial of you’re gun license. It may be something that happened when you were a teen and you think to yourself that those records are sealed, think again, when it comes to a gun license they break the ‘seals’. Just because something may have happened in your past it does not necessarily mean that you will not get a license, but, if you don’t mention it, that is what may stop you short in your quest. They have your record, and they want you to repeat it, consider it a serious test of honesty. If there is nothing in your past, good, just check NO on each question.
Please see the attached information on how to get your report. Again, you do not have to get one, but if you do want one:
How do I get a copy of my CORI report?
- Go to the Massachusetts iCORI Service and click on the “Register as an Individual” link
- Answer “Yes” to the question “Would you like to request your own Personal CORI?”
- Enter your personal information, including a username, password, and e-mail address
- Verify your information; then follow additional instructions and submit your registration
- Check your e-mail for the iCORI Account Activation notice; follow the instructions to activate your account
- After you have registered, enter your username and password at Massachusetts iCORI Service
- Click on “Add Request,” select the purpose of the request, and enter the subject information
- Click on “Add & Checkout” and follow the instructions for submitting your payment
- View your CORI online (in PDF format) or download your CORI to your computer
- see the iCORI Quick Reference Guide – Register as an Individual for complete registration instructions
- see the iCORI User Guide for more information about how to request CORI and maintain your account
- call the Constituent Assistance Unit at 617-660-4640
- sign the form in front of a notary public
- include a $25 check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- include a business size, self-addressed stamped envelope
- mail the notarized form, $25 payment, and self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Department of Criminal Justice Information Services200 Arlington Street Suite 2200Chelsea, MA 02150ATTN: CORI Unit
- Your CORI report will be mailed to you in about two weeks