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It looks like I will be taking a job based in the Boston area. I will be working from home (I.e., remaining a Florida resident), but will have to be in Boston fairly often. I am a Florida CWP holder and I know MA does not honor other states permits. I tried reading handgun laws.com but I am still unclear on obtaining a non resident permit and if that permit actually allows CC.
Does anyone have any knowledge of non resident permits in MA? I will keep looking, but I know there is a weath of information here so any help is appreciated.
 

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Try USACARRY.COM, you have a valid reason, we travel to Ma all the time, next year I will apply there.
I think non-resident permits have to be renewed every year gets a bit expensive.

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I'm in CT and I don't find it to be worth it to get a MA permit. For non-residents you have to go to the State Police to be interviewed every year before they will grant a permit. The permit is then only good for 1 year and it's $150.
 

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I'm in CT and I don't find it to be worth it to get a MA permit. For non-residents you have to go to the State Police to be interviewed every year before they will grant a permit. The permit is then only good for 1 year and it's $150.
WOW!! It's much worse than I thought!!
 

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I am halfway through, you have to take a safety class that is approved by MA, then pay the$100, and have a live interview. You also have to justify why you need a CCL. They also have a large magazine restriction,10 rounds.

Here's a link to the official gov site on the laws:
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g

And what you need to do here:
http://goal.org/masslawpages/nonresapply.html



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I'm in CT and I don't find it to be worth it to get a MA permit. For non-residents you have to go to the State Police to be interviewed every year before they will grant a permit. The permit is then only good for 1 year and it's $150.
I will gladly pay $150 a year to be able to carry. I would prefer they honored my FL permit, but if it takes a hundred fifty bucks and an interview I will do it rather than be there unarmed. I will be spending days or weeks at a time there and not only feel the need to carry, but I also want to be armed in my hotel or apartment. It sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do. I go there now several times a year but I don't know my way around well enough to no where is safe and where is not.
 

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I am halfway through, you have to take a safety class that is approved by MA, then pay the$100, and have a live interview. You also have to justify why you need a CCL. They also have a large magazine restriction,10 rounds.

Here's a link to the official gov site on the laws:
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g

And what you need to do here:
How To Apply For A Non Resident MA Firearms License



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Thanks. Do you know off hand if they accept any course outside of MA? I will do what I have to, but if I can take a course at home that will be accepted it would be easier. That might be in the info you posted, I have not yet read it.
 

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I will gladly pay $150 a year to be able to carry. I would prefer they honored my FL permit, but if it takes a hundred fifty bucks and an interview I will do it rather than be there unarmed. I will be spending days or weeks at a time there and not only feel the need to carry, but I also want to be armed in my hotel or apartment. It sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do. I go there now several times a year but I don't know my way around well enough to no where is safe and where is not.
- Best of luck with the process. It sounds like you're there for an extended time, so it's probably worth it for you. I'm in MA a few times a year and it's just not worth the hassle for me.
 

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- Best of luck with the process. It sounds like you're there for an extended time, so it's probably worth it for you. I'm in MA a few times a year and it's just not worth the hassle for me.
Yes. Right now I am there and a few other places that I can't carry (Chicago, NY, CA) only for a day or two at a time. I still feel naked, but I can make a few days at a time. This is going o be much more often.
Isn't sad that the places in go that I feel I most need to carry in are no goes? Chicago is a crap hole (I actually like the city but it is dangerous even in the "nice"sections). NYC and NJ, hell I would rather be unarmed in Afghanistan.
 

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The MA non-res requires an interview in Chelsea, MA with the Firearms Record Bureau (might be operating under a different name these days). As was stated it is only valid 1 year.

Your biggest issue will be getting an "unrestricted" LTC which is what you need for concealed carry. Lately, word is they've been issuing mostly "target & hunting" or "sporting" restrictions. These restrictions don't allow for concealed carry. If you can show "need", ie carrying large cash deposits, etc you should be able to get the LTC-A No Restrictions. If not, you may end up with a carry permit that allows possession in MA, but not concealed carry. The unrestricted permits are far easier to get as a resident IF you live in the right city/town, and those are valid for 6 years. I've never had a permit with restrictions in 18+ years. That said, I've been careful of which towns I've moved into. The local Chief of Police determines what restrictions, if any are put on your LTC.
 

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I'm in CT and I don't find it to be worth it to get a MA permit. For non-residents you have to go to the State Police to be interviewed every year before they will grant a permit. The permit is then only good for 1 year and it's $150.
Kinda funny how the Puritans founded the Plymouth Colony but didn't want any 'outsiders' (besides other Puritans) joining them. 400 years later, it seems the same is true with regard to CCWs.

[One of my great-greats showed up in Plymouth shortly after the colony was settled, but as he was a Quaker he was viewed as a troublemaker and was invited to leave!]
 

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The MA non-res requires an interview in Chelsea, MA with the Firearms Record Bureau (might be operating under a different name these days). As was stated it is only valid 1 year.

Your biggest issue will be getting an "unrestricted" LTC which is what you need for concealed carry. Lately, word is they've been issuing mostly "target & hunting" or "sporting" restrictions. These restrictions don't allow for concealed carry. If you can show "need", ie carrying large cash deposits, etc you should be able to get the LTC-A No Restrictions. If not, you may end up with a carry permit that allows possession in MA, but not concealed carry. The unrestricted permits are far easier to get as a resident IF you live in the right city/town, and those are valid for 6 years. I've never had a permit with restrictions in 18+ years. That said, I've been careful of which towns I've moved into. The local Chief of Police determines what restrictions, if any are put on your LTC.
I believe I would qualify for unrestricted as I carry, or am perceived to carry drugs (legally) and therefore a target for robbery. I say perceived because what I carry would be of no value in getting high, however, I know people that do what I do that have been robbed because people think they carry narcotics.
 

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I am halfway through, you have to take a safety class that is approved by MA, then pay the$100, and have a live interview. You also have to justify why you need a CCL. They also have a large magazine restriction,10 rounds.

Here's a link to the official gov site on the laws:
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g

And what you need to do here:
http://goal.org/masslawpages/nonresapply.html



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You can carry Pre-ban large cap mags if you have an LTC-A with No Restrictions. Pre-ban is pre Sept. 1994. I forget the exact date.
 

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I believe I would qualify for unrestricted as I carry, or am perceived to carry drugs (legally) and therefore a target for robbery. I say perceived because what I carry would be of no value in getting high, however, I know people that do what I do that have been robbed because people think they carry narcotics.
Might work, worth a shot.
 

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If you have to go to work in MA anyway, it can't hurt to apply. No worse off than not applying. Be aware that it's been taking residents up to 6 months to get a permit.
 

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Good luck, you'll need it, Mass is ridiculous when it comes to carry permits for residents, let alone Non-residents. I hope it works out for you.
 

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I am halfway through, you have to take a safety class that is approved by MA, then pay the$100, and have a live interview. You also have to justify why you need a CCL. They also have a large magazine restriction,10 rounds.

Here's a link to the official gov site on the laws:
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter140/Section131g

And what you need to do here:
How To Apply For A Non Resident MA Firearms License
Correct info. This process for NRs is taking typically 4-5 months and since it is only good for 1 year, you really need to start the renewal process as soon as you get it. :frown:



Thanks. Do you know off hand if they accept any course outside of MA? I will do what I have to, but if I can take a course at home that will be accepted it would be easier. That might be in the info you posted, I have not yet read it.
Doesn't matter "where" you take it, but the instructor MUST be MA State Police Certified to teach the class and give you a MSP Certificate. NRA Certs are NOT accepted, but many of the NRA courses are. I'm sure that there are some in FL, finding them may not be easy however.


The MA non-res requires an interview in Chelsea, MA with the Firearms Record Bureau (might be operating under a different name these days). As was stated it is only valid 1 year.

Your biggest issue will be getting an "unrestricted" LTC which is what you need for concealed carry. Lately, word is they've been issuing mostly "target & hunting" or "sporting" restrictions. These restrictions don't allow for concealed carry. If you can show "need", ie carrying large cash deposits, etc you should be able to get the LTC-A No Restrictions. If not, you may end up with a carry permit that allows possession in MA, but not concealed carry.
I believe I would qualify for unrestricted as I carry, or am perceived to carry drugs (legally) and therefore a target for robbery. I say perceived because what I carry would be of no value in getting high, however, I know people that do what I do that have been robbed because people think they carry narcotics.
Pro is correct above. It sounds like you can make a decent case to get unrestricted. Good luck.


You can carry Pre-ban large cap mags if you have an LTC-A with No Restrictions. Pre-ban is pre Sept. 1994. I forget the exact date.
9/13/1994
 

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It must be nice for the people who live in Massachusetts with all the money they're able to save on their water bills. I mean since it's obvious to me the old saying whereby their ship doesn't stink the very real possibility of water usage savings in not flushing their toilets as often as the rest of us. Such a wonderful place to live Massachusetts is.
 
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