Firearms License

As of March 15, 2015, firearms licensees and gun owners are required by law to report all private sales, transfers, and surrenders of firearms to the Massachusetts Firearms Records Bureau via the Gun Portal. Paper FA-10 forms are no longer accepted for these transaction types.

Questions about the Gun Portal can be directed to the Firearms Records Bureau at 617-660-4782.

Firearms & Licensing


The state legislature made sweeping and extensive changes to the Commonwealth's gun laws in 1998. The laws are multi-faceted and complex, and this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered as any definite legal position, guarantee of issuance or binding legal interpretation by the Lowell Police. If you have a specific legal issue regarding ownership, possession or transportation as well as your eligibility (or lack thereof) for the various types of firearms you are advised to speak to a lawyer for a qualified legal opinion.
The above criteria are intended to provide LTC applicants with a reasoned expectation of the likelihood of obtaining an LTC. Where an LTC is denied, or where an applicant applies for an unrestricted LTC and is issued a restricted LTC, reasons for such decision shall be provided to the applicant. In all instances, the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, or his or her designee, reserves the right to exercise his or her discretion and deny an application for an LTC, or to issue a restricted or unrestricted LTC, in accordance with Massachusetts law.