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Massachusetts Firearms Registration and Transfer System
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Law c. 140, 128A and 128B, requires all individuals who sell, transfer, inherit, or lose a firearm to report the sale, transfer, inheritance, or loss of the firearms to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services Firearms Records Bureau (FRB). This on-line system will allow you to report the sale, transfer, inheritance, or loss/theft data electronically to the FRB.

Before you continue, you should have the following information available:

  1. A detailed description of the transferred weapon (serial number/make/model/caliber etc.)
  2. The Seller/Transferor's license information
  3. The Buyer/Transferee's license information

Additionally:

  1. It is unlawful to conduct a personal sale or transfer of a weapon to anyone other than an individual lawfully licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is strongly recommended that you require the buyer/transferee to produce a valid FID/LTC License Validation Certificate (obtained by the buyer/transferee using this system) prior to conducting a personal sale or transfer.
  2. You may need your PIN number to complete a transaction. You may obtain your PIN number at your licensing authority.

NOTICE: Firearms records are exempted from the public records statute. G.L c.4,7 (clause twenty-six)(j). FRB may not disseminate firearms records "to any person, firm, corporation, entity or agency except criminal justice agencies as defined in chapter six and except to the extent such information relates solely to the person making the request and is necessary to the official interests of the entity making the request." G.L. c. 66, 10(d).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning Tuesday, July 23, 2013 firearms dealers will no longer verify purchaser identity via fingerprint. Instead, purchasers will need to present a valid Personal Identification Number (PIN) for all firearms transactions conducted at a firearms dealer. All questions regarding this change should be directed to the Firearms Records Bureau at 617.660.4782.

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Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
Firearms Records Bureau (FRB)
200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone: 617-660-4782
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