Unrestricted License to Carry (LTC)

Applications for an unrestricted LTC will only be granted in limited circumstances.
  1. Applicants for an unrestricted LTC must, in addition to completing the Massachusetts State Police-approved Firearms Safety Course/live fire training referenced 2, satisfactorily demonstrate that they have training or experience that satisfies the key components of courses focused on concealed carry of a firearm in public places. For example, such components include but are not limited to: de-escalation of violence techniques; the lawful use of deadly force; responsibilities associated with carrying a concealed weapon; and concealed carry techniques. Applicants may satisfy this condition by submitting evidence of such training or experience, or by successful completion of one of the following training courses:
  2. Applicants for an unrestricted LTC must further submit a written supplement providing specific reasons that the applicant believes support granting the unrestricted access. The written supplement should identify the applicant's proper purpose in seeking an unrestricted LTC.
  3. Applicants for an unrestricted LTC should also provide any additional documentation they may have that will assist the Superintendent in making a determination that issuance of an unrestricted LTC to the applicant will not pose a threat to public safety. Applicants are encouraged to submit as much such documentation as possible. Examples of such documentation include, but are not limited to:
    • Current or prior service in the military;
    • Current or prior service in law enforcement;
    • Prior receipt of an unrestricted LTC from another community or state, with no record of any violation of any term or condition of the LTC;
    • Prior receipt of a restricted LTC from Lowell or from another community or state, with no record of any violation of any term or condition of the LTC (the receipt of such from Lowell will carry greater weight than the receipt of such license from elsewhere);
    • Prior receipt of a Firearms Identification Card (FID) from Lowell or from another community or state, with no record of any violation of any term or condition of the FID (the receipt of such from Lowell will carry greater weight than the receipt of such license from elsewhere);
    • Prior receipt of a hunter safety training and/or experience hunting;
    • Signed letters of recommendation that show the applicant's good character and emotional stability. Such letters of recommendation should indicate that the applicant is not subject to excessive drinking habits, substance abuse, or violent behavior. Letters of reference may, but need not, be from the references listed on the applicant's application. Letters from an applicant's relatives are not acceptable. Each letter of reference must be on 8.5 inches x 11 inches paper and be signed, dated, and show the reference's name, address and telephone number. The Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, or his or her designee, reserves the right to contact each reference.

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A particularly strong application with regard to 9 will result in a lesser need to provide documentation with regard to 10, and vice versa. Failure to produce satisfactory documentation in accordance with 9 and 10 may result in the denial of an unrestricted LTC.