Privately Owned Weapons

Privately Owned Weapons Procedures

Application for Non-resident Temporary License to Carry Firearms

All personnel residing on base in dormitories, Visiting Officers' Quarters (VOQ), Visiting Airmen Quarters (VAQ) and the Temporary Lodging Facility (TLF) are not authorized to store weapons, munitions or dangerous weapons in those facilities. Additionally, all personnel are required to store privately owned weapons in the Security Forces Armory, Building 1725, immediately after arriving on the installation.

Personnel living in base housing may retain their privately owned weapons at their residence after properly registering those weapons through the 66th Security Forces Police Services section. Personnel possessing or intending to possess privately owned weapons must be knowledgeable of and in compliance with Massachusetts law.

Personnel assigned to Hanscom Air Force Base, or living on or within Hanscom with a permanent address outside the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who do not have a license from another state, may apply for a non-resident card. The non-resident card is mandatory for purposes of purchasing, possessing or carrying weapons while off the installation. People living in base housing may retain their privately owned weapons in their quarters and are required to register them at the armory.

Weapons brought on the base must be identified to the on-duty entry controller with an explanation of the intended use and destination. Weapons must be unloaded and not concealed or left unattended. They will be transported in the trunk of the vehicle by the most direct route to and from the area where they will be used. If the vehicle does not have a trunk, the weapon will be transported inside the vehicle, but not concealed. The weapon and the ammunition will be kept separate from each other. Privately owned weapons will not be transported on motorcycles, bicycles or any other two- or three-wheeled vehicles.

Transportation or carrying privately owned weapons or weapons on and within Hanscom AFB is prohibited except to register or store weapon(s) at the armory.

For further information on procedures and policy at Hanscom AFB for privately owned weapons refer to "Hanscom AFB Privately Owned Firearms Procedures" attachment.