Salem Police Department
95 Margin Street, Salem, MA 01970 •  Non-Emergency Request for Police 978-744-1212 •  Business 978-744-0171 •  In an Emergency, ALWAYS DIAL 911

Firearms Licensing

Sgt. Kathleen Makros

Firearms License Investigator and Issuing Authority

Telephone: 978-744-0171 x249
Email: kmakros@salempd.net

The Process of Obtaining Your License

Application processing for new and renewal firearms licenses are conducted BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO WRITTEN (OR MAILED) APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.

  1. First: Review the laws below to make sure you are not disqualified from obtaining a license.
  2. Call or e-mail Sergeant Makros, via the contact information above, for an appointment (and answers to any questions you might have).
  3. Review the application and be prepared to answer the questions.
  4. Show up for your appointment with:
    • A Photo ID1
    • A Basic Safety Pistol Course Certificate2
    • A Check or Money Order payable to the "City of Salem".3 WE NO LONGER ACCEPT CASH, PER THE CITY OF SALEM.
    • Expecting to be fingerprinted, photographed & interviewed. You will be asked for two references (name, address & telephone), PLEASE, NO LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION.

1If you are a naturalized citizen, or permanent resident alien, you must bring Naturalization papers, or your permanent resident alien card.
2You will need to take an approved training course, such as the Basic Safety Pistol Course given by a Massachusetts state certified instructor, or by the National Rifle Association. If applying for a "Mace only" permit (Class D), you are NOT required to take the Basic Safety Pistol Course.
3In most cases the fee is $100, otherwise if you are applying for a class D (mace permit) the fee is $25.

Application & Laws (For Review Only)

Please feel free to review the Firearms License Application before making your appointment with Sergeant Makros. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO PRINT AN APPLICATION AS THE PROCESS IS DONE ELECTRONICALLY. PAPER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Firearms License Application PDF

Click here for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Firearms Registration and Laws Website

We hope the information you find on this page is helpful to you.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY

Massachusetts Firearms Law Disqualifiers

All of the following crimes will disqualify a person from immediately obtaining an FID. However, if it is not a crime of violence, the person will be entitled to receive the FID after five years from the date of conviction or release from prison, probation or parole (whichever is longer). If this is the case, the person may only possess non-large capacity weapons with the FID card. On the other hand, if a person has been convicted of any of these misdemeanors, it will act as an automatic disqualifier for life from obtaining a LTC. In other words, if a person has been convicted of OUI he or she can never be issued a LTC in the Commonwealth.

All MGL updates are maintained by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and this page is merely a reference and may be outdated or inaccurate.

DISQUALIFIERS FOR FID's & LTC's

The following partial list of offenses appear to meet the statutory criteria for violent crimes in Massachusetts. VIOLENT CRIME shall mean any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year or any act of juvenile delinquency involving the use or possession of a deadly weapon that would be punishable by imprisonment for such term if committed by an adult: (1) that has an element the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force or deadly weapon against the person of another, (2) that is burglary, extortion, arson or kidnapping, (3) that involves the use of explosives, or (4) that otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious risk of physical injury to another.

Crimes Against The Person MGL Chapter & Section
Murder Chapter 265 §1
Manslaughter Chapter 265 §13
Simple Assault Chapter 265 §13A
Simple Assault & Battery Chapter 265 §13A
Indecent Assault & Battery on Child Under Fourteen Chapter 265 §13B
Assault & Battery to Collect Money Chapter 265 §13C
Assault & Battery on a Public Employee Chapter 265 §13D
Indecent Assault & Battery on a Mentally Retarded Person Chapter 265 §13F
Simple Assault & Battery on a Mentally Retarded Person Chapter 265 §13F
Indecent Assault & Battery on Person 14 or Older Chapter 265 §13H
Assault on an E.M.T., Ambulance Operator or Ambulance Attendant Chapter 265 §13I
Assault & Battery on an E.M.T., Ambulance Operator or Ambulance Attendant Chapter 265 §13I
Wanton & Recklessly Permitting Injury to a Child Chapter 265 §13J
Assault & Battery on an Elderly or Handicapped Person Chapter 265 §13K
Mayhem Chapter 265 §14
Assault With Intent to Murder or Maim Chapter 265 §15
Assault & Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon Chapter 265 §15A
Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon Chapter 265 §15B
Attempted Murder Chapter 265 §16
Armed Robbery Chapter 265 §17
Assault While Armed With Intent to Rob or Murder Chapter 265 §18
Armed Assault in Dwelling House Chapter 265 §18A
Home Invasion Chapter 265 §18C
Unarmed Robbery Chapter 265 §19
Assault With Intent to Rob or Steal - Unarmed Chapter 265 §20
Stealing by Confining or Putting in Fear Chapter 265 §21
Carjacking Chapter 265 §21A
Rape and Aggravated Rape Chapter 265 §22
Rape of a Child by Force Chapter 265 §22A
Assault With Intent to Commit Rape Chapter 265 §24
Assault of Child With Intent to Commit Rape Chapter 265 §24B
Attempt to Extort Money by Threat Chapter 265 §25
Kidnapping Chapter 265 §26
Use of Poison With Intent to Kill or Injure Chapter 265 §28
Assault With Intent to Commit a Felony Chapter 265 §29
Interfering With Constitutional Rights - if bodily injury results Chapter 265 §37
Abuse of Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities Chapter 265 §38
Assault & Battery or Committing Property Damage to Intimidate Chapter 265 §39
Causing Injury in a Physical Exercise or Training Program Chapter 265 §40
Stalking Chapter 265 §43
Assault & Battery on Child Under Eighteen - Coercion to Join Gangs Chapter 265 §44
Crimes Against Property MGL Chapter & Section
Arson of Dwelling or Aiding in Burning Chapter 266 §1
Willful and Malicious Burning of a Building/Arson of Non-Dwelling Chapter 266 §2
Burning Personal Property Over $25 - Burning Motor Boats & Vehicles Chapter 266 §5
Burning Insured Property Chapter 266 §10
Failure to Report Hotel Fire Chapter 266 §13A
Burglary While Armed - Assault On Occupant Chapter 266 §14
Burglary - Unarmed Chapter 266 §15
Breaking & Entering With Intent to Commit Felony Chapter 266 §16
Entering in Nighttime Without Breaking, B&E Daytime Building, Ship, Vessel or Vehicle Chapter 266 §17
Entering Dwelling House in Night or B&E in Daytime Without Putting In Fear Chapter 266 §18
Larceny from a Common Carrier Chapter 266 §30(1)
Larceny from a Person Carrying on an Express Business Chapter 266 §30(1)
Larceny Under $250 from an Elderly or Disabled Person Chapter 266 §30(5)
Shoplifting Over $100 Chapter 266 §30A
Obtaining Commercial Computer Service by Fraud Chapter 266 §33A
Receipt of Deposit by Insolvent Banking Institution Chapter 266 §54
Receiving Stolen Property Under $250 Chapter 266 §60
False Statement to Motor Vehicle Insurer Chapter 266 §111B
Obstruction of Medical Facility - Subsequent Offense Chapter 266 §120E
Wanton Destruction of Property Over $250 Chapter 266 §127
Destruction of Church or School Property Chapter 266 §127A
Destruction of Jail Property Chapter 266 §130
Violation of a Restraining Order - 209A

Violation of a restraining order is a "violent crime", for the purposes of firearms licensing disqualification, if in violating the order, the defendant caused the victim physical harm, or threatened or attempted to cause the victim physical harm, or placed the victim in fear of imminent serious physical harm, or caused the victim to engage in sexual relations by force, threat of force or duress.

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