Mass. License to Carry gun permit applications doubled in 2020

Mass. License to Carry gun permit applications doubled in 2020

Last year, 54,082 Bay State residents filed for a new License to Carry permit, eclipsing the previous year’s number by more than 30,000, according to data from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. “It’s a national shortage, not just here in New England,” Norwood Armory Guns & Ammo owner Bob Sheehan said. Sheehan gestured towards his empty display cases, shelves and gun racks. He said he first noticed delays from national manufactures in May and now has to turn customers away. He estimates he takes 20 to 30 calls a day from people looking for ammunition. “There’s nothing for us to sell,” Sheehan said. “We had 80-year-old people coming in here with Licenses to Carry, purchasing guns.” For comparison, 212,316 background checks—around 40,000 less–were conducted in Massachusetts in 2019. Ten years ago, the number was 115,904, according to FBI data. “What’s going on here is nothing sells better than fear,” Stop Handgun Violence co-founder John Rosenthal said. Rosenthal founded the Beverly-based gun control advocacy group in 1994. “How do you sell guns? Fear works great, and frankly, after every mass shooting, after every major demonstration or after an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, what happens? Gun sales go up,” Rosenthal said. “I decided that I thought it would be a good idea first to take a class. Once I took the class, I felt comfortable owning a gun,” Fernandes said. With 18,000 members, Wallace said GOAL is Massachusetts’ largest gun rights group. The ammo shortage has made […]

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