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You Ask, Patch Answers: Getting a Firearms License

To get a firearms license in Somerville you'll need to provide references, set up an interview with police and complete a safety course, among other things.

Somerville Patch recently posted a short story about the number of firearms licenses in the city.

In the comments section, Joe Lynch asked, "Is it possible for Patch to publish, for the readers, the Somerville rules and regs any resident has to follow in order to receive a permit for any type of firearm license in the city? The MA laws rule, but I know that Somerville has some additional requirements."

I took a quick look at the Somerville Police Department website, which has some information about this.

According to the police department's website, Somerville residents who want a firearms license need to do the following:

  • Fill out a four-page application that asks questions about the applicant's identity, background, criminal background (if relevant) and reasons for requesting a license. It also asks for two references.
  • Complete a firearms safety course and provide a certificate of completion.
  • Make an appointment with the police department, where the applicant will be fingerprinted and photographed.
  • Provide proof of Somerville residency.
  • Bring a $100 money order.

You can visit the Somerville Police Department's page here.

Here's some additional information about state rules and regulations from The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.

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SomGuy January 28, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Do it now. It's only going to get tougher and more expensive.
glenn eastman January 28, 2013 at 06:24 PM
i am a somerville resident and also a state certified firearms safety instructor. if anyone needs to take a safety course the best place to do it is at the mystic valley gun club in malden. we have great instructors and the course is one night a week for 5 weeks and you will learn a great deal and have a chance to talk to a firearms lawyer who will go over the laws with you. there are faster courses offered in one day at other clubs but the course offered at the mvgc is i beleive the best way to do it and get something out of it.( remember safety first)
SomGuy January 28, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I've been a guest many times at the Malden club. Nice place, good group of people. also, I think they're the least expensive indoor club around. Easy parking too.

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