Lowell Mass : Detailed Essay and $1,100 Course now required for CCW City gun policy in place, despite protests Be glad you don't live in Lowell Mass...... A new policy in Lowell Massachusetts now requires an essay on why an applicant should receive a license to carry and provide extra documentation such as military or LEO experience and also include letters of recommendation. Plus also pass a very expensive $1,100 FIVE DAY Course to be considered for an "unrestricted gun license". Police Superintendent William Taylor would not listen to concerned residents who are against this policy. http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_29406406/city-gun-policy-place-despite-protests " "We're no longer taking a cookie-cutter approach to issuing firearms licenses," he said. According to Taylor, Lowell has about 6,000 licenses-to-carry issued. The "vast majority," he said, are restricted, which do not allow residents to openly carry guns. A Sun review last year of state firearms data found Lowell to be among the lowest four-fifths of similar Massachusetts cities in terms of the per-capita rate at which it grants permits." .