Firearm Use & Application Information

Basic Firearm Safety & Information
Gun Control Act
On October 21, 1998, the Massachusetts 1998 Gun Control Act became effective.  Additionally on August 13, 2014; the Governor signed House Bill 4376 "An Act Relative to Reduction in Gun Violence" (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dcjis/key-changes-to-the-massachusetts-gun-laws-august-2014.html).

This law has made substantial changes in the permitting process and effects training, fees, weapon ownership, license restrictions, safety locks, and many other issues. As of this writing, many organizations are working with the Legislature to amend certain parts of the law and we expect additional changes in the future.

The licensing authority in compliance with state law and the discretionary parameters allows the enclosed application packages. Our goal is to provide for public safety while ensuring the rights of law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearms license.

Applications may be obtained at any time at the Police Department clerks office or the dispatch center lobby. Completed applications will be received by appointment only. You may make your appointment with Secretary Carlene Silvestris. Her phone number is 508-841-8427.

Permit Applicant Information
The following are general guidelines for firearms permit applicants:

New Class A (LTC)
  1. Complete a firearms safety course. (Find Firearms Safety Courses being offered.)
  2. Fill out application (PDF).
  3. Make your appointment with Secretary Carlene Silvestris. Her phone number is 508-841-8427
  4. Include 2 (non-family) letters of reference. The author of the letter must state, on the text of the letter, that they are aware you are applying for a LTC.
  5. Include a $100 check or money order (cash not accepted) payable to the Town of Shrewsbury. There is no fee for applicants 70 years old and over.
  6. Review an explanation of Question 4 (PDF) on the LTC/FID application.
Renew Class A LTC
  1. Complete a firearms safety course or provide your current hunting license, club membership, or active member of the military identification. (Find firearms safety courses being offered.)
  2. Fill out an application (PDF).
  3. Make your appointment with Secretary Carlene Silvestris. Her phone number is 508-841-8427.
  4. Include a $100 check or money order (cash not accepted) payable to the Town Of Shrewsbury. There is no fee for applicants 70 years old and over.
  5. Review an explanation of Question 4 (PDF) on the LTC/FID application.
New Firearms Identification Card (FID)
  1. Complete a firearms safety course. (Find Firearms Safety Courses being offered.)
  2. Fill out application (PDF).
  3. Make your appointment with Secretary Carlene Silvestris. Her phone number is 508-841-8427
  4. Include a $100 check or money order (cash not accepted) payable to the Town of Shrewsbury. There is no fee for applicants 70 years old and over.
  5. You must be 18 years old or 15 years old with a parent's permission.
  6. Review an explanation of Question 4 (PDF) on the LTC/FID application.
Renew FID
  1. Fill out application (PDF).
  2. Make your appointment with Secretary Carlene Silvestris. Her phone number is 508-841-8427.
  3. Include a $100 check or money order (cash not accepted) payable to the Town of Shrewsbury. There is no fee for applicants 70 years old and over.
Reasons for Issue
Some common reasons for issue are:
  • Business - Firearm used in the performance of your job
  • Collector - Collector of firearms, rifles or shotguns
  • Dealer - Dealer of firearms, rifles or shotguns
  • Employment - Firearm used in the performance of your job
    • You will need a letter from your employer stating that they require you to carry a weapon, as well as proof that you have qualified on a range.
  • Sporting - Hunting and target shooting
Your application will not be processed unless you have met all requirements prior to your appointment with Sgt. Alfred C. Pratt II.