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MA – SELF-PROTECTION – As debate over gun control wears on, more and more South Shore residents are getting licensed

In 20 communities south of Boston, the number of licenses issued from 2013 to 2018 was almost 50 percent higher than the number issued in the six years prior. In 2009, 10 people were issued gun licenses in Hull, a town with a population of a little more than 10,000. By 2017, the number of licenses issued in the town had shot up to 109. Hull isn’t alone. Across two presidential administrations representing both parties, endless gun control debates and countless mass shootings, more and more people on the South Shore have sought gun licenses. In 20 communities south of Boston, the number of licenses issued from 2013 to 2018 was almost 50 percent higher than the number issued in the six years prior. Hull doubled the number of licenses issued in that period, while Holbrook and Randolph gun licenses increased by 71 percent and 65 percent, respectively. Quincy, Kingston, Braintree, Pembroke, Marshfield and Norwell all rose by more than 50 percent, according to data from the state Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. There are three types of gun licenses in Massachusetts, each good for six years.  [full article]

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