LTC Not Required for Antique Firearms

Jefferson was a passenger in a motor vehicle which the police stopped for committing a traffic violation in the City of Boston. He was carrying a Harrington & Richardson .32 caliber five-shot revolver. Not having a valid License to Carry, he was charged with carrying a firearm without a license. In Commonwealth v. Jefferson, 461 Mass. 821 (2012), our Supreme Judicial Court observed that a License to Carry Firearms is not required to carry or possess a firearm was manufactured before 1900 and, therefore, the defendant could not be convicted of carrying without a license. The firearm was an “antique firearm,” as defined by G.L. c. 140 § 121 and no LTC was required, because firearms manufactured before 1900 are exempt from the licensing requirements of G.L. c. 140 § 131.