Gun permits in Mass. dropping
The number of gun permits in Massachuetts has fallen by 25% over the last six years and by 30% in Boston. And officials are rejoicing:
"While some law enforcement officials praise the decline, police, politicians and antigun advocates caution that there are still plenty of illegal guns on the streets... "Fewer firearms on the street makes life safer for everyone," said Robert F. Crowley, Quincy's police chief."
""We're pleased that the number of gun owners has decreased in our city, but the real issue is illegal guns, and we need more laws to deal with illegal guns in our cities," Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston said in a statement."
It also recounts the case of a 70 year old man who was denied a permit -- because at age 9, he was convicted in juvenile court of stealing a chicken.