[Video] LTC Restrictions in Massachusetts – What are LTC Restrictions in MA and how can I get my restriction removed?
What are LTC Restrictions in Massachusetts? Why did I get a restriction on my LTC?
Chiefs have discretion to put a restriction on your LTC if you don’t show a purpose to carry that rises to their standards. [There are many constitutional issues here, but this video is NOT meant to address those constitutional issues. The purpose of this video is to give you real time answers to questions and situations, regardless if they are fair/constitutional or not. While there are constitutional arguments to be made, those cases can take time, and my clients need immediate answers while the constitutional debates continue.Thus I am not endorsing restrictions. I am just explaining them so I can hopefully answer questions for people who need answers NOW.]
Chiefs can apply these restrictions at their discretion, but this typically happens in towns that are known to give every applicant a restriction on their first LTC (insert constitutional argument here) or if they have a suitability reason but they don’t deny you your license to carry all together, and instead grant it with a restriction. Keep in mind that there is no official definition of these restrictions so make sure to ask your issuing department what they expect from the restriction.
In my conversations with law enforcement, I have found that in some towns, the chief is concerned with a person’s experience handling firearms and some welcome a request for an “upgrade” in a year with proof of more shooting an carrying experience.
Types of Restrictions
There are three types of restrictions for an LTC in Massachusetts: Target & Hunting, Sporting, and Employment.
Target and Hunting Restriction: This allows you to concealed carry to and from a range or a hunting excursion.
Sporting: I have heard that this is like Target and Hunting but includes things like camping.
Employment: This allows you to carry on the job and typically needs a letter from your employer stating the circumstances.
If you are issued an LTC with a restriction, the restriction may be appealed and removal requested through filing a compliant and requesting a hearing in the district court any time after the restriction is applied. Personally I have had success negotiating a restriction removal outside of court on a few cases.
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