On Wednesday President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a number of efforts aimed at curbing gun violence in the United States.
Massachusetts is home to some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, with local members of Congress urging the federal government do more to prevent tragedies like that in Newtown, Conn.
The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security provided Patch with a summary of active firearms licenses in Melrose from 2008 through 2012. Here are the numbers for Melrose:Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 69 80 80 75 76 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 35 43 50 55 54 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 693 777 825 859 890 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 6 5 8 10 11 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 3 3 3 3 2 Total 808 908 966 1,002 1,033
More information on the kinds of firearms permits available in Massachusetts can be found here.
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