NJ is almost impossible, I'm betting DC is the same, MA is probably easiest of them all.
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I'm may go to grad school in one of the following areas -- how hard is it to obtain a permit there.
Massachusetts (Boston) (May Issue)
New Jersey (Camden) (May Issue)
D.C. (May Issue)
I used this site to help get an idea Handgunlaw.us
Thanks all --- I'm gonna try to attend a school in Philadelphia or somewhere in VA (GTG w/ my PA LTC).
May Issue=May Not Issue
What is your field of study? Perhaps you should keep shopping for schools.
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MA from my understanding it is possible to get a permit.
NJ slim to none.
DC forget it, you might get a permit to own a gun there, but not to carry.
However, if you go to school in DC, you might choose to live in VA, and obtaining a permit will not be a problem, you just cannot carry it in DC.
Here are the steps to apply for a LTC in Boston (please note that other towns/cities have different requirements), some outside of Boston are very LTC friendly, while others not so much.
Detailed steps on how to apply for a license in Boston - Northeastshooters.com
You can forget DC, they have no carry permits, just a long drawn out permit to own, and right now "own" means locked up in your house.
Don't think you stand much chance in NJ either...
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I'd pick a new college...in a gun friendly state like UT...OMO
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Boston seems like your best bet.
I hear it helps a lot if you have a permit from your home state already also.
Otherwise they are known to restrict the permits so that it lets you purchase and own hi-capacity firearms, but doesn't allow you to carry them concealed.
I would agree w/the other posters that MA would be the best bet RIGHT NOW. However, there is a case(Palmer v. DC) that will be heard in January challenging DC's carry laws. So that avenue may open up sooner rather than later.
Keep in mind most colleges don't allow carry, and some states regard it as a crime(or you just get expelled).
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MA does NOT recognize students as "residents" unless they graduated HS in MA! Therefore it's almost unheard of for a student to get a Resident LTC at all.
Boston proper will NOT issue a "carry" level of permit unless the person is very well connected politically or business owner and can prove very large sums of cash (or jewels) are carried on a regular basis (must provide deposit slips and bank statements). For Residents they will issue a LTC-A but it is restricted to target and hunting.
MGLs Ch. 269 S. 10(j) make it a misdemeanor to possess any firearm, ammo or OC on any school property (K-college). Only exceptions are LEOs and LTC-A (unrestricted or FID for OC only) holder who has received WRITTEN permission from school president (forget about it) or his designee. So you'd have to live off-campus to possess and couldn't carry at the school property even if you got proper permit.
A NR LTC can be issued by MA State Police (actually CHSB) for $100/year and an annual visit/interview with CHSB in Chelsea.
To get a MA license, you have to take a training course ($75-150 typical) from a MSP Certified Instructor and produce a MSP Training Certificate (1st time only). Every one of the 351 cities/towns makes up their own rules for any potentially additional BS that you have to provide. Some require that you join a gun club (Boston just dropped that requirement), pass a range test (Boston and Brookline in particular), provide doctor letters (attesting to your mental state), etc.
There is a ton of info on this in the MA Gun Laws sub-forum found at Northeastshooters.com New England's Premier Shooting Forum.
Wow, you picked some pretty tough places for gun permits. Good luck.
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