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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Waiting Periods in Massachusetts.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 12 April

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Waiting Periods in Massachusetts

Massachusetts imposes no waiting period between the time of purchase and the actual physical transfer of a firearm.

However, Massachusetts requires firearms owners to obtain a state license prior to purchase of a firearm…

For applicants seeking a firearm identification card ("FID") or Class A or B license to carry ("license"), the local licensing authority is required to either approve an application and issue a FID or license, or deny the application and notify the applicant of the reason for such denial in writing, within 40 days from the date of application.

No FID or license will be issued unless the colonel of the state police has certified, in writing, that the applicant's background information does not indicate that possession of a firearm by the applicant would be in violation of state or federal law…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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