Massachusetts has no law requiring the removal of firearms from persons who have become prohibited from possessing them. An individual’s firearm identification card must be revoked by the licensing authority following the occurrence of any event that renders the cardholder prohibited from possessing firearms.1 Upon receipt of the written notice of revocation from the licensing authority, the prohibited person must “without delay” deliver or surrender all firearms and ammunition in his or her possession to the licensing authority where he or she resides.2 After taking possession, the licensing authority may transfer possession of any firearms and ammunition to a licensed firearms dealer for storage purposes. The dealer must issue a receipt to the prohibited person, who is liable to the dealer for reasonable storage charges. Through the dealer, the prohibited person may then transfer any relinquished firearms to a person lawfully permitted to purchase or take possession of the weapon. After a year in storage, or 90 days of unpaid storage charges, relinquished firearms must be sold at public auction by the state police. After deduction and payment for storage charges and all costs associated with the surrender and transfer of the firearms, any surplus proceeds must be immediately returned to the prohibited person.3

For information about the 2014 law that allows law enforcement agencies to seek the denial or suspension of a firearm identification card to a person who poses a risk to public safety, see the Massachusetts Licensing of Gun Owners or Purchasers section.

  1. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 129B. ⤴︎
  2. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 129D. ⤴︎
  3. Id. ⤴︎