Massachusetts Firearm (Gun) Bill of Sale Form


Updated on January 28th, 2021

The Massachusetts firearm (gun) bill of sale form transcribes pertinent data related to the sale of a firearm. This log clarifies the terms of the sale and solidifies the bond through endorsements supervised by an authorized notary official. The form can be used as proof of ownership, should it ever come into question, or for registration/permit/license certification.

How to Register a Gun

If an individual relocates to the state of Massachusetts along with a previously obtained firearm, if a gun is inherited, or if one is purchased out-of-state, it must be recorded online using The Massachusetts Gun Transaction Portal. This online portal additionally allows one to register a lost or stolen weapon or to surrender a firearm to the police. When purchasing any new or used firearm within the state,  there is no need to register because the method of obtaining mandates that the sale of a gun is recorded and archived by applying for a Firearm Identification License or License to Carry (per Massachusetts General Laws § This applies to private sales as well as purchases made with federally licensed dealers, obligating all gun owners to be licensed. Massachusetts also has many laws restricting firearms and firearms accessories, including certain guns designated as “assault weapons”, machine guns, and suppressors, as well as laws limiting magazines to 10 rounds.

How to Obtain a Conceal and Carry Permit

To carry a firearm, whether it be openly or in a concealed manner, a resident must first gain access to a Massachusetts License to Carry. The license will also enable a person to travel out of state with a concealed weapon inside of accepting reciprocity states. You must be at least 21 years of age and pass a federal background check to meet sufficient qualifications for licensure.

To apply, one can appear in person at your local police precinct with the following paperwork in order:

Keep in mind that many different districts have separate procedures depending on the region you reside in, so make sure to call before submitting your documentation. You may also have the opportunity to apply by mail at the following address:

Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
Firearms Records Bureau
200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150

Allow about 30-40 days processing time before mail-notification of license status. Once your license is approved, it will remain active for six years before requiring renewal to keep the license active.

How to Write

Step 1 – Select the Adobe PDF form to download and hit the corresponding button.

Step 2 – Seller Information – Supply the requested information for the seller of the gun:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 3 – Buyer Information – Include similar details in regard to the buyer of the firearm:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Driver’s License

Step 4 – Firearm – Enter all pertinent information associated with the gun being sold:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Caliber
  • Serial number

Step 5 – Sale Information – Type the info connected to the sale and sale terms of the exchange as follows:

  • Sale Price (in words and numbers)
  • Sale Date
  • Include any specifics should trade be involved with the transfer. You can specify in the provided space the make, model and the serial number of the trade items if applicable.

Step 6 – Signatures – In the presence of a commissioned notary public, you may endorse the document in the allocated spaces. The notary can then complete the form a needed.