“Massachusetts saw a spike in the number of its highest capacity gun licenses last year,” bostonglobe.com reports, “despite the passage of a sweeping gun control bill that aimed to make the state’s already strict gun laws even tighter.” Yup. Writer Catherine Cloutier assumes that Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is a bad thing. And that laws that that infringe upon that right should lead to less citizens keeping and bearing arms. Admittedly, that is the point. But once again, the law of unintended consequences – the principle which elevated President Obama to Gun Salesman of the Decade – apply in The Bay State. Here’s how that went down . . .
To get a Class A license, applicants must pass a background check and get approval from their community’s licensor, often the chief of police. New applicants must provide proof of firearm safety training. Even then, firearm licenses need to be renewed every six years.
Until August, a person who was denied a license for a handgun could still obtain a Firearm Identification Card without passing all these checks. That card allowed the carrier to possess and transport a rifle or shotgun but prohibited them from carrying a concealed firearm or having a handgun.
The August gun legislation changed the licensing requirements for the Firearm Identification Card to match those of the Class A license, making obtaining a Firearm Identification Card dependent on police chief approval . . .
Now that the standard for the two types of licenses is the same, more gun license applicants, including former Firearm Identification Card holders, are opting for the higher permit, which carries the same cost and background checks of the lesser permit, said Sampson. And organizations like the Gun Owners’ Action League, or GOAL, encourage their members and trainees to opt for the Class A license, said Jim Wallace, GOAL’s executive director.
And the survey said!
All but five of Massachusetts’ 351 towns and cities saw increases in the number of active Class A licenses between 2013 and 2014, according to a Globe analysis of the state’s Firearms Records Bureau data . . .
The spike followed steady annual increases in Class A licenses statewide over the past several years. Since 2008, the number of these licenses has grown in all but two Massachusetts municipalities. In 11 communities, including Boston, the number has more than doubled.
Just imagine what that “spike” would look like if Massachusetts – the scene of the British gun grab which led to the founding of the United States – had Constitutional Carry.
Then keep imagining, because the odds of that happening are about as high as the odds that the Boston Globe’s elitist, patrician owners would publish a pro-gun editorial. Any pro-gun editorial. Intentionally, I mean.