Since I may be traveling to Boston for a bit in the next year or so, I am kicking around the idea of picking up a Massachusetts LTC so that I can legally have an unloaded pistol locked in the trunk, as I'd like to have it with me during other parts of the trip. I would likely not be carrying in MA, but AFAIK I need an LTC even to have an unloaded firearm secured in the vehicle, and the normal FOPA protections don't apply since my destination is Boston. I had understood that such licenses were not terribly hard for a law-abiding nonresident to get, if you had a CHL in your home state. However, after reading the application for a nonresident LTC on the MA state website (which is quite new, dated December 2010), I am now thoroughly confused, and am thinking perhaps the requirements have changed. Here's the application I looked at: http://www.mass.gov/Eeops/docs/chsb/firearms/Non-resident_20100126.pdf From what I am reading, it looks like I would now have to make an initial trip to Chelsea, MA to appear in person at an arbitrary date as part of the licensing process? And I will have to take a firearm safety class that is certified by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, or taught by an instructor recognized by Massachusetts? I see this list of approved courses, but am I correct in thinking that I'd have to take it from a MA-certified instructor? (And obviously my NC class no longer qualifies...) And the "chemical propellant only license" part---I ask here only because I have trouble believing this is actually the case---do you seriously have to obtain a nonresident license to carry a firearm in order to have a pepper spray locked in your trunk? Or does this somehow apply only to certain sprays? Finally, I see there are Class A and Class B LTC's. If I am reading the rules correctly, a class B restricted LTC would allow me to transport an unloaded S&W 3913 in the trunk (8+1 capacity), but to transport an unloaded S&W 5906 (15+1 or 17+1 capacity) I would need a class A, correct? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!