Gun control remains as a topic on the national stage, with yesterday alone providing the unveiling a $500 million dollar gun violence package from President Obama and a new statement from the NRA saying that attacking firearms and ignoring children is "not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation."
Nearby, the topic remains in the news as well, most recently during last week's Board of Selectmen's meeting in Westford.
There, during a discussion over a proposed town level assault weapons ban that led Selectman Bob Jefferies adding that the bylaw should be joined by an additional bylaw requiring that gun owners join a militia.
Today, we want to hear your thoughts on the issue here in Chelmsford.
Patch has obtained the following statistics from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety regarding overall gun statistics in town from 2008 to 2012.
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 247 268 269 240 234 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 93 109 123 117 122 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 1099 1249 1324 1379 1474 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 8 9 8 7 7
In 2012, Chelmsford ranked 33rd in the Commonwealth in active Class A licenses issued, 20th in the Commonwealth in active Chemical Propellant Only licenses and 22nd in active firearms identification cards issued.