Under M.G.L., Chapter. 140, s. 131 an individual is disqualified from carrying a firearm if the person: has been convicted (or adjudicated delinquent as a youthful offender) of a felony, a misdemeanor punishable by more than two years imprisonment, a violent crime, or a weapon or drug offense
- has been confined to a hospital or institution for mental illness, unless he has an affidavit from a physician stating he is not disabled by such illness in a manner that prevents him from possessing a firearm
- has been under treatment for or confinement for drug addiction or habitual drunkenness, unless deemed cured by a physician
- is subject to an outstanding arrest warrant
- is subject to a suspension or surrender order or a protection order issued pursuant to MGL. c.209A.
- is a minor under the age of (18) eighteen
- is an alien
- is not found to be a suitable person by the licensing authority.
In addition to the above, Federal Law (CH. 44 Title 18 U.S.C. 922 & the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 1997) also adds the following disqualifiers:
- you have been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions
- you, having been a citizen of the United States, have renounced your citizenship
- you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence
- you are a fugitive from justice