Should Massachusetts Gun Control Laws be Loosened?

A Massachusetts gun owners group is lobbying for passage of a bill that would confer lifetime gun licenses—no renewals necessary.

Way too much red tape.

That's the complaint of the Gun Owners’ Action League of Massachusetts, a group that is urging passage of a law that would abolish the requirement of having to renew a gun permit every six years, according to the Boston Herald.

For comparison, Massachusetts vehicle drivers' licenses need to be renewed every five years.

But the league says local police cannot keep up with timely gun permit renewals, and legitimate gunowners go license-less until the cops get time to do the paperwork. 

The law now allows 40 days for turning around license applications.

In Boston, almost 1,000 people have applied for gun permits so far this year, with waits running about 10 weeks, the Herald quotes police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca as saying.

The gun owners group is lobbying for a return to lifetime licenses and that a license gets pulled only if laws are broken, according to the Herald story. 

The six-year gun permitting is part of a law passed in 1998 that resulted in Massachusetts having among the strictest gun control laws in the U.S.

According to a gun control lobbying group, the Violence Policy Center, Massachusetts also has the lowest gun death rate in the nation.

But still, the law requires a 40-day turnaround. So what do you think is the right course of action: return to the days of life-long gun licenses and make life easier for both harried cops and law-abiding gunowners? Lengthen the license turnaround time and not hold the gunowner accountable if s/he uses the gun during that turnaround time? Keep the pressure on and keep things as they are, to stifle the easy use of guns? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Who Me? February 22, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Gene Pinkham February 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM
@Tom, you sound like the "Surrender Lobby" during the 1980's.
mplo March 26, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I disagree with you, jerry. The constitution's 2nd Amendment only applies to organized militia, security and law enforcement people, and NOT ordinary, average, everyday civilians. To say that Gun Control Laws are illegal and unconstitutional is a lot of bunk.
mplo March 26, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Wildfires are generally not set by insane weirdos, but have resulted from the combination of extremely hot, dry weather, along with a draught, which can be (and sometimes is), combined with some stupid idiot who tosses a lighted cigarette into a wooded area and starts a fire that way. It's agreed that guns have to be safely stored...and unloaded, to boot. I also might add that "demented" is the wrong word for crazy, unstable people. Deranged is more like it, imho.
Joe Addario April 30, 2013 at 02:18 AM
I'm trying get my class a unrestricted in Salem and they have a policy in Salem that's restricted target-hunting and sport only license.


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