"Firearm Bill of Sale" - Massachusetts

What Is a Massachusetts Firearm Bill of Sale?

A Massachusetts Firearm Bill of Sale is a document used to record the basic details of a firearm transfer from a current owner to a new one. The document is a legally binding agreement that usually contains important information pertinent to the deal, like the names of the seller and the buyer, description of the transferred firearm, and terms of the deal. It proves the fact of the sale and protects the legal interests of the seller and buyer. Both parties usually prefer to record a sale using this document, as it can guard them against fraudulent claims and accusations in the future.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not provide any state-issued form. If you need to document the sale of your gun, you can download and fill out the form provided below. In case your deal includes some specific terms, you can build your own document using our customizable Massachusetts Firearm Bill of Sale template.

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Massachusetts Gun Carry Laws

Massachusetts gun laws are rather strict compared to other states. In order to possess or carry a firearm within the state, you need to have either a License to Carry (LTC) or a Firearm Identification Card (FID). The license is required for both concealed and open carry firearms. The state law also prohibits owning a firearm with a magazine capacity of over 10 rounds. However, magazines manufactured before 1994 are exempt from this restriction.

When selling your firearm, you must remember that you are not allowed to transfer your gun to anyone other than a person possessing a valid license issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is strongly recommended that you ask the buyer to show you their LTC or FID, and check the validity of this document.

Though the laws of the Commonwealth do not oblige you to fill out a Bill of Sale during a firearm transfer, you are still advised to do it. If properly filled out, the document makes your deal more safe and protected.

Complete the document as follows:

  1. Enter identification information about the seller. Include their full name, date of birth, and LTC or FID license number;
  2. Provide the same set of information about the buyer;
  3. Enter a detailed description of the firearm you are selling. Specify the make, model, caliber, serial number, and other essential details;
  4. Indicate the sales price of the gun;
  5. Provide the date of sale;
  6. If you and the buyer agreed upon any specific terms, specify them as well;
  7. Sign the document and ask the buyer to sign it, too.

Give one copy to the buyer and keep the other one for your records. The document will provide you with the information necessary to report the sale of your firearm to the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services Firearms Records Bureau. Remember that both you and the buyer must report the firearm transfer through the Massachusetts Gun Transaction Portal separately.

Does a Firearm Bill of Sale Have to Be Notarized in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts does not require a notary public's certification for gun sales but it is generally a good idea to have a notary or witness to a sale in order to confirm the transaction has taken place. This can save any potential trouble which might occur should the seller or buyer contest the transaction at a later date.


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Massachusetts Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Massachusetts ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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Massachusetts Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Massachusetts ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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Buyer’s Disclosure
By signing below, the Buyer declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Are not under the Federally-set legal age to own a firearm;
● Have never been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year;
● Are not a fugitive from justice;
● Are not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
● Have never been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a
mental institution;
● Are not an illegal or unlawful alien in the United States or an alien admitted to
the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;
● Have not been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable
conditions;
● Having been a citizen of the United States, have never renounced their
citizenship;
● Are not subject to a court order that restrains them from harassing, stalking, or
threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner;
● Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; Can
lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm;
● Are no under indictment or information for a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Seller's Disclosure
By signing below, the Seller declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Have verified that the firearm details are correct and the serial number is
legible;
● Are the lawful owner of the firearm and have the legal right to sell the firearm;
● Have no knowledge of any defects in the firearm;
● Believe the firearm is fit to be used for its intended purpose;
● Believe the firearm has never been used in a manner of questionable or certain
illegality;
● Assumes no responsibility after the transfer of ownership has taken place.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Signature Area
The Buyer and Seller agree to the above described terms and conditions for the
sale/trade/exchange of the firearm on ________________, _____. The firearm is to be
sold "as-is" with no warranties made by the Seller unless otherwise stated in this Bill
of Sale.
Buyer's Signature​ ______________________________
Buyer's Name __________________________________
Seller's Signature ​ _ _____________________________
Seller's Name __________________________________
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