See our Reporting Lost or Stolen Firearms policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
Massachusetts gun owners are required to report the loss, theft or recovery of a gun to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and the licensing authority in the city or town where the owner resides. Among other penalties, failure to report the lost or theft of the firearm results in the suspension or permanent revocation of such person’s Firearm Identification Card or license to carry firearms, or both.1 Gun dealers are subject to a similar requirement.2
A law enacted in 2014 requires gun owners to sign an affidavit included in the Firearm Identification Card (FID) or license to carry renewal form stating that they have not lost a firearm or had one stolen from their possession since the date of their last application or renewal. Under the 2014 law, a gun owner may be imprisoned for one to five years for failing to report the loss or theft of a firearm, or the recovery of one previously reported lost or stolen.3