You need to apply for an FID card Plymouth if you wish to lawfully purchase or possess a rifle or shotgun. If your interest is in the purchase of a handgun, then you will need to apply for the license to carry firearms (LTC). In this post, however, we shall be focusing more on the FID card.
The Firearms Identification Card (FID) is issued to persons over the age of 14. Persons aged between 14 and 17 must provide a certificate from their parent or guardian that grants them permission to apply for the FID card. The application is made at the local police department in Plymouth and there is an application fee of $100 that has to be paid.
There is also the FID Card-restricted. This is a license available for persons who wish to purchase self-defense spray or mace. Again, persons under the age of 18 must have parental permission to apply for this license. The only difference between the normal FID card Plymouth and the FID card-restricted is that with the restricted, you don’t have to present a firearms safety certificate. This means you don’t have to take a gun safety course.
Away from the basics of FID, let’s take a quick look at the important things you have to do when applying for an FID. Here are the steps you need to take.
Gun safety course
The Massachusetts gun laws dictate that anyone interested in applying for an LTC or FID card must first complete an approved gun safety course. These courses are offered by both the local police department and private companies. They only last a few hours. Focus is on gun laws and how to handle a firearm. At the end of the course you will be awarded with a firearms safety certificate.
Completing the gun safety course is not the only thing you need to do. There are other qualifications you have to meet. The following are the permanent disqualifiers for an FID:
- Drug violation conviction
- Felony conviction
- Violent crime conviction
- Misdemeanor conviction that is punishable by over two years imprisonment
Other qualifications you need to meet are:
- Be over the age of 15
- Be a citizen of the US
- Have no outstanding warrants in any state
- Not be a defendant in any current restraining order
- Submit an affidavit from a physician if you have ever been committed in an institution for mental health, drug abuse or alcoholism.
Applying for an FID card Plymouth is quite straightforward. You need to get the application form from the local police station, fill out the application truthfully, provide at least 2 references and submit the application form in person to the local police department. The chief of police reserves the right to issue or deny your application.