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.
I wonder how many of those pemit holders moved out-of-state?
Posted by: RKM at August 13, 2007 10:04 PM
Some moved out of state; some got rid of their guns; some hadn't had any guns for years (the old licenses were good for life), and some still have their guns thinking that their "good for life" license is still valid. More meaningful is Mumble's obsession with reducing the number of guns owned, even if there's no reduction in the number of guns held by criminals or the number of criminals who possess guns. To most politicians, violent crime is like chaos: danger and opportunity. First and most important, use the opportunity it presents to achieve whatever fiscal or social engineering goals you might have, and maybe, if you've managed to achieve all those goals and can't think of any new ones and if time and resources allow, look for some way to address the danger.
Posted by: Ken at August 14, 2007 07:44 AM
Its been more than 5 years since the non violent felony conviction per TFA, and, interestingly, aren't juvenile records supposed to be sealed after the offender reaches the age of majority?
They are governing illegitimately, these are natural rights granted by God Almighty. These liberals want to debate you whether God even exists.
Posted by: The Mechanic at August 14, 2007 08:37 AM
The mechanic raises my question: How in the world did they find out about a juvenile court "conviction"? Those records are supposed to be sealed, or did the Mass legislature break that covenent, too, in their zeal to get those eeeevil guns?
Posted by: bud at August 14, 2007 10:00 AM
I actually got a LTC permit in Boston last year. It took me 2 years + 335 dollars (100 for permit app, 140 for club dues because you have to be a "sport target shooter" and 95 for an NRA class that I could have taught). It's a good thing I'm an upstanding member of society with an honorable discharge on my DD214, otherwise I'd still be waiting and blowing through money to exercise my 2nd amendment right. I guess this "commonwealth" doesn't believe it has to follow all the amendments in that federal document. I didn't even add in the man hours I burned at the police plaza. When I asked for a CCW, the police officers laughed in my face. Fun times.
Posted by: zap at August 16, 2007 07:29 PM
trying to get ltc class a , but wondering if possible because 15 years ago was falsely accused of a drug distrabution charge
Posted by: james at December 5, 2008 05:36 PM