CLASS A FIREARMS LICENSE
This first step in applying for or renewing a Class A License is to submit an application to the police department. The application can be obtain at the Taunton Police station or downloaded as an Adobe PDF file by clicking on this link.
First time applicants are required to complete a Basic Firearms Safety Class or approved Hunter Safety Course and provide three references to include telephone numbers and addresses. The class must be a class approved by the Executive Office of Public Safety and taught by a certified instructor.
An applicant for a Class A License To Carry, must be 21 years old, not statutorily disqualified and deemed to be a suitable person.
The holder of a Class A License To Carry is entitled to purchase, possess and carry firearms, rifles and shotguns, including large capacity weapons and feeding devices and ammunition, for all lawful purposes, subject to such restrictions relative to the possession, use, and carrying as the licensing authority deems proper.
Please be advised that the Taunton Police Department will only issue firearms licenses to residents of the City of Taunton and that we do verify addresses.
Once you have completed your application and have your Basic Firearms Safety/Hunter Safety Course Certificate, if required, bring your application, certificate and application fee to the Clerk's Office at the police station on Monday thru Thursday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
There is a $100.00, non-refundable fee for all first time applicants and renewals under seventy (70) years of age. The Clerk's Office will take cash, personal checks or money orders. Licenses will not be processed until personal checks have cleared. Upon receipt of your application, an appointment will be made with Captain David Warish to go over your application. During this appointment, you will be fingerprinted and your photograph will be taken.
The firearms licensing process has changed over the last few years. The Taunton Police Department is now using the Massachusetts Instant Records Check System (MIRCS). This is a computerized system that cross references numerous databases across the country. We cannot over emphasize the importance of carefully answering the questions in the application. False statements or incomplete information serve as grounds for denial of the application and potential criminal charges. Every question needs to be answered. Many people fail to answer questions concerning build and complexion. These questions need to be answered in order for the application to be entered into the computer system. Failure to answer all questions will result in your application being delayed. Pay special attention to Question Ten. If you have ever been a defendant in a criminal matter, it will show during the records check. It does not matter if the case was dismissed, sealed or you were told that it would not show up on your record. As part of the records check, we will check your record in all fifty states. The information from that offense may not disqualify you from obtaining a firearms license. The failure to disclose the incident will.
A guide to assist you with completing your application is available here.
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