Instant Record Check System
The Massachusetts Instant Record Check System (MIRCS) is a two-part system
introduced by the state this year for the purposes of issuing a License to
Carry a firearm.
first part is the local police department, which is responsible for granting
a License to Carry Firearms.
MIRCS program is a dedicated computer system that completes all of the
required background checks through one application. It will shorten the
amount of time a citizen will have to wait between the application for a
firearms license and the granting of a license. The system also offers more
safeguards for the public by doing a more through background check to
prevent non-qualified persons from obtaining licenses.
system allows the police departments to see if the applicant has previously
held a firearms license of any kind. It will display all of the available
information about the applicant’s current address and demographics as well
as a summary of the applicant’s license history.
system allows for the applicant’s photo to be captured digitally.
Also a single fingerprint is taken digitally of one of the
applicant’s fingers. In the
future this single print will be check again electronically by firearms
successful completion of the application process a new License to Carry will
be issued by the state and will be similar to the driver’s licenses issued
by the state. This photo ID
will be mailed back to the issuing police department.
The applicant will be contacted and at the time he/she arrives to
pick up the license the individuals fingerprints will be checked again.
The second part of
the MIRCS program applies to the retail gun dealers.
When a person wants to purchase a firearm, he or she must produce a
valid License to Carry a Firearm.
the MIRCS program, the purchaser will have to have his/her fingerprint
checked to verify his/her identity and license status.
time a person’s License to Carry is revoked or suspended, the revocation
or suspension is immediate, and all gun dealers will know immediately, any
potential sale of a firearm will not proceed.
of the reduction of paperwork and a speedier application process, the Lynn
Police Department has expanded the hours available to apply for, or renew, a
License to Carry Firearms.
to the introduction of the MIRCS program, firearms licenses were only
processed on Wednesday. Under
the new expanded hours the applications are done by appointment only.
applications will be done by appointments on a Wednesday, and a full set of
fingerprints will be taken. Applicants no longer have to bring a set of
photos with their application.
renewals will be done by appointments Monday – Friday, 9AM to 3 PM.
can be made by calling the Lynn Police Department business line
781.595.2000, Monday – Friday, 9AM to 3:30 PM.
of Licenses To Carry Firearms are:
Class A - Allows the holder to possess large capacity firearms, rifles,
shotguns and ammunition. Only Class A holders may carry a concealed weapon
Class B - Allows the holder to possess non-large capacity firearms
(handguns) as well as large capacity rifles, shotguns and ammunition.
Class B holders MAY NOT carry a concealed weapon in public.
of Firearms Identification Cards are:
Class C - Allows the holder to possess non-large capacity rifles,
shotguns and ammunition. Weapons must be transported unloaded and in locked
trunk or otherwise encased in a locked/secured
Class D - For possession of chemical spray only
Massachusetts amended MGL Chapter 140 (Firearms Laws) by adding Section
131L makes it unlawful to store or keep any firearm, shotgun or other weapon
"in any place" without ensuring first that the weapon is secured
A locked container, or
Secured with a tamper resistant mechanical lock or other safety device
safety device must render the weapon inoperable by any person other than the
owner or other authorized user.
of this section of law are punishable as follows:
Firearm, rifle or shotgun (non large capacity) - Fine of not
less than $5000 or by imprisonment for
not more than one year.
Large Capacity weapon or machine gun - Fine of not less than $1000
nor more than $10,000 or by
imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years or by both
such fine and imprisonment.
penalties are provided for unlawful storage of weapons when they are kept
where individuals under the age of eighteen might gain access and who do not
possess a valid Firearms Identification Card. This section carries up
to ten years imprisonment.
to properly secure the weapon in the manner provided by statute shall
constitute evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any civil or criminal