The South Hadley Police has resumed reviewing applicants for new and renewed Firearms Licensing. Due to COVID restricts, please adhere to the following
1. MAIL IN YOUR APPLICATION, SHPD, 41 Bridge St., South Hadley, MA do not come to the station to drop it off
2. If you have SCANNING ability, you may email your application to email@example.com
3. You will be contacted by phone shortly thereafter to schedule your appointment. Appointments may be delayed
4. If you or anyone in your household is ill, please call to reschedule your appointment.
***MAIL IN YOUR APPLICATION***
***Please, provide an email address on your application to allow us to send documentation confirming we have received your application***
Please read the following instructions and please MAIL or EMAIL (firstname.lastname@example.org) your completed application form (PDF) to South Hadley Police Department. The Firearms Licensing Officer will contact each applicant to schedule an appointment for an interview, fingerprints, and pictures. Please include a legible phone number and email address on the application so an interview can be scheduled.
It shall be the policy of the South Hadley Police Department to issue Licenses to Carry firearms or an FID in such a manner that the safety of the public and the licensee are protected. In order to ensure such safety, the department shall issue said permits in strict accordance with Massachusetts general Laws, Chapter 140, section 131.
There are different types of licenses based on the type of firearms to be possessed:
In accordance with MGL Ch. 140, Sec. 131P (a) all first time Massachusetts firearm license applicants must successfully complete a Massachusetts Certified Firearms Safety Course or a Massachusetts Basic Hunter Education Course and submit a certificate of completion with their firearms license application.
License to Carry (LTC) & Firearms Identification Card (FID) $100/New Applicants & Renewals
*Over 70 Free to Renew
*15-17 $25 for FID & FID Restricted
*Retired Law Enforcement Officer $25 to Renew
All fees are payable to "The Town of South Hadley" by Bank Check or Money Order upon initial interview. Personal checks, cash, and credit cards will not be accepted. All fees paid are used to process the application and are non-refundable. Note: Please do not send payment in with your application.
Once the applicant has completed the initial steps required of him / her, the department shall process the application as follows:
Any licensee shall notify, in writing, the licensing authority who issued said license, the chief of police into whose jurisdiction the licensee moves and the executive director of the criminal history systems board of any change of address. Such notification shall be made by certified mail within 30 days of its occurrence. Failure to so notify shall be cause for revocation or suspension of said license.
All applications will be approved or disapproved within the sound discretion of the Chief of Police, or their designee, subject to Massachusetts General Laws and the policy and procedures of this department as outlined above. Further, upon the occurrence of a disqualifying event, a license or permit which had been issued shall be revoked or suspended.
Any applicant or holder aggrieved by a denial, revocation, or suspension of a license, unless a hearing has previously been held pursuant to chapter 209A, may, within either 90 days after receiving notice of such denial, revocation, or suspension or within 90 days after the expiration of the time limit during which the South Hadley Police Department is required to respond to the applicant, file a petition to obtain judicial review in the District Court of Hampshire County having jurisdiction in the Town of South Hadley wherein the applicant filed for, or was issued, such license. A justice of such court, after a hearing, may direct that a license be issued or reinstated to the petitioner if such justice finds that there was no reasonable ground for denying, suspending or revoking such license and that the petitioner is not prohibited by law from possessing same.
Please contact Lt. David Gagne @ (413) 538-8231 Ext. 312 or via email with any questions regarding the LTC & FID process.