MA required same toward a sponsor.
I had my mentor, shooting buddy, and a person 20 yrs. my senior who has known me for 10 yrs. sign on as one with my mother inlaw (a life long MA resident) as my other. I figured what crazy or criminal person would employ their mother inlaw as a reference to the police for a gun pass. Yes, I had to state in so many words her relation to me.
To tag along with MMC's point on the hunter class definitely do that too.
I took the NRA CCA course in VA _before_ moving here and then took a second course after moving to MA. I did this to show on paper I was serious and to establish that I was being proactive and not just another nut job wanting to carry a sidearm and play cowboys & indians. It wasn't necessary but I'm a fan of exceeeding expectation when it comes to getting what I want. I still even now am taking _all_ of the MA Hunter Safety courses including Hunter Ed, Black Powder, and Bowhunting certs. partly because I am building and buying myself levels of insurance if you will toward a I hpray it never happens future. I figure if I have to speak to a jury some day about how I put holes in someone, or something, then me coming up with docs stating I on my own time & dime went out of my way to become 'trained' in so far as firearm handling that I am thus not a loose cannon so to speak.
These are different and will be seen differently than taking a gun-fu course at say Gunsite or even with Masaad Ayoob...who I also plan to hook in with down the road. I started in with IDPA for this reason as well but haven't been able to keep up witht hat as of late thanks to the baby being born and having little time (or energy) on weekend mornings.
Build a case for yourself that shows you are not an average idiot, as many folks will consider a 21 yr.old male 'kid' to be.
Your job/career alone really helps versus say you working at the local Chuck E. Cheese. It's not fair or even germane but it is how the political cover my own ass world works. :\