I had a Ma protection of life and property pistol permit in the 70s. They were fairly easy to get with a clean record but I hear now it's imposible unless you carry $$$ or own a business. I never open carried cuz the cops frowned on that, even back then. I'm not sure how it will ever change. Cops will always have the disorderly conduct crap to fall back on!!!! They use that here in Ga still.