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TELL US: 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; 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.

John Merrett December 19, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Daniel, You did as many liberals do - use leftist websites like Mother Jones to support your position,...hardly an "impartial" source.
Tom M December 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
A simple can of Hornet Spray made for your attic can do the job. The spray will project 30 feet in to a persons face and cannot be stopped by any bullet proof vest. The Hornet Spray doesn't kill and will stop anyone instantly in their tracks. No license or federal regulation required and you can buy a can at your local hardware store. You do not need a bigger gun, just a better weapon.
Tom M December 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Dan; There are regulations on the 2nd admentment now. An arm is concidered a weapon to protect yourself. A Nuclear war head falls in to that catagory. A grenade launcher also qualifies. Look up the definition of arms as weapons. The Government has imposed regulations in the past ansd will continue for the safety of the US citizens. The gun owners are grasping at straws as they see the restrictions being tightened. If the NRA had their way Surface to Air missles would be in every home. Get in line and speak up in support of the 28th admendment. This admendment will ban automatic weapons and still give the gun owner the right to protect himself. Contact your local & state elected official via phone, letter or e-mail and speak your mind. Elected officials will do what ever the majority voter wants unless they do not want to get re-elected.
John Merrett January 04, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Beautiful truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHJspEsHmF0
albie February 26, 2013 at 01:37 AM
My comments were too long and because I cannot get my point across in 1500 characters, I decline comment. I'll leave this site to the less passionate!

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