See Malden's Active Firearms Licenses

What do you think about President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence?

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 Malden from 2008 through 2012. Here are the numbers for Malden:

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 148 154 152 139 124 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 76 91 105 109 108 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 851 940 995 1059 1165 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 10 10 10 10 11 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 3 3 3 2 2 Total 1088 1198 1265 1319 1410

More information on the kinds of firearms permits available in Massachusetts can be found here

What are your thoughts on President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence? Talk it out with your neighbors in the comment section below. 

Eddie January 18, 2013 at 05:43 PM
David the Police Cheif does not issue Machine Gun Licenses, the only person in the State of Massachusetts who can authorize such a firearm is the Commander of the State Police
LM January 18, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Does anyone know WHY the 2nd amendment was written?
AnnieOMalden January 18, 2013 at 06:30 PM
The gun shows should be shut down. The laws in this state are a lot stronger than many other states. If others were at least as strong it would cut down on the illegal handguns whose owners cause "most" of the problem. If you cut down on that, we would have a much better chance at dealing with what is left over.
Lori Sullivan January 18, 2013 at 06:43 PM
First of all, I hate that they keep calling them assault weapons. They are NOT assault weapons, nor are they automatic. They only "resemble" assault rifles the military would have, but they are semi-auto. Second, the machine gun licenses were most likely issued to a dealer or someone who is a collector. Third, who cares what kind of guns they are, if they are being bought by law abiding, trained (which you have to be) citizens. There's a lot about Sandy Hook that doesn't make sense, and they are telling us only what they want to tell us in order to push an agenda and make us afraid. The AR15 was removed from the car and never used inside the school. It's all political BS. Why don't we try enforcing the gun laws we already have instead of trying to make new ones and infringe on people's rights.
lcgrz January 18, 2013 at 07:04 PM
what? why are you so upset about the "assault weapon" label? are you afraid of hurting the guns' feelings?
full metal jacket January 18, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I'm on that list and proud so try to rob me or hurt my family or fellow citizens and I will take you down within the legal boundaries of the law....I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6...better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.....someday I might save your life or the life of your friends or loved ones....
Sean Hickey January 18, 2013 at 07:24 PM
AnnieofMalden, Please explain how you will shutdown Gun shows? Just give me one good idea (Tip: You won't be able to). The only people these laws effect will be the legal, law abiding citizens. The real issue here is the poor mental health programs in this country. That is what we should be talking about, not law abiding citizens who are practicing their 2nd Amendment rights.
Sean Hickey January 18, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Mark Micheli, you do realize that most criminals and gangbangers don't follow the laws already on the books, and arent worried about jail time right? Lets enfoce the laws that are on the books first, before we make new ones. But i guess taht just makes WAY too much sense.
Andrew25 January 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I would say the reason is it's not really an assault weapon... it's a semi-automatic rifle. It's also a magazine, not a clip(also 2 very different things ). It does make it easy to see who knows absolutely nothing about guns.
Andrew25 January 18, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I'm also on the list but was recently robbed. Seems it's better to have an alarm system than a gun, especially when you're not home!
Andrew25 January 18, 2013 at 07:37 PM
There are 2 different problems being addressed here. One is the mass murders who many times obtain there guns legaly and who, in my humble opinion, are nearly impossible to stop. The other is the common thug with an illegal gun. This seems like a solvable problem but easier said than done I guess.
Kristin S. January 18, 2013 at 07:48 PM
I think the problem with the assault label, Alicia, is that it doesn't MEAN anything consistently, so anything that looks similar to military weapons (but works differently) is an "assault" rifle. It also implies one weapon is necessarily more lethal than another. I don't want to be hit with bullets regardless of whether they come from an assault rifle or a firm handshake rifle (don't get me started on why "hate crime" is a dumb term). I don't want to be stabbed with assault knives, or hit with assault bricks. A violent crime is a violent crime, and that's the difficult part to handle - people often use objects to seriously hurt and kill each other, and it is easier to pin blame on the tool used than explain why people do such horrible things to each other. Banning a particular set of weapons is a deterrent in the same way the death penalty is a deterrent.... it isn't. If someone is going to commit a crime so heinous, they aren't thinking about method much more than consequence. It is dangerous to think a large gun with ten rounds is more dangerous than a small one with seven... and it is freakish that this is the argument to start. But it is easier to pass laws that control objects than it is to ferret out than really complex and sometimes completely incomprehensible reasons people do horrible crimes.
Chris Caesar January 18, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I don't necessarily agree with a gun ban but I don't think that's true either, Andrew25.
Lori Sullivan January 18, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Alycia, if it really was an assault weapon, I would have no problem with them being called assault weapons. The media and politicians call them assault weapons to push their agendas and scare people. But again I say, they are not assault weapons. So why not call them rifles, which is what they are.
Lori Sullivan January 18, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I hope the NRA pulls out all the stops and that more people will get tired of the government trampling the constitution to suit them.
Andrew25 January 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Chris, so if you bought a gun you would become more violent? A violent person useing a gun, or any other weapon for that matter, is a violent person. The gun has nothing to do with a persons nature.
Lori Sullivan January 18, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I don't know anyone who can go to a Mass Gun Show and walk out with a gun if they are not legally allowed to have one. All the gun shops represented there call in to make sure you are still valid to own. Totally legit and by the law. Shutting down gun shows isn't going to solve the problem. I agree with backgroud checks for all though, nationwide.
Chris Caesar January 18, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Nah, I'm not saying that at all. But I think there is reasonable debate about the correlation between a country's gun ownership and gun death rates; at least moreso than a tie to rap music or violent movies.
broadway Jay January 18, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Did anyone think that the machine gun maybe an antique ? Maybe its used as an attachment to an antiqued army vehicle that is used specifically for parades and trade shows.
broadway Jay January 18, 2013 at 09:04 PM
This article is straight from the George Soros playbook.. Notice the attempt by the editor to marginalize LEGAL gun owners and categorize them like sex-offenders on a chart. I wouldn't be surprised if an interactive map is forthcoming with precise names and addresses like we seen in Westchestet County NY. This is a classic example of how the lame-stream media operates..1 Identify 2 Marginalize/Isolate 3 Discredit 4 Demonize
Nancy Zewiey January 18, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Amen. 50% increase in 4 years. Let's get this number down to 0.
Chris Caesar January 18, 2013 at 09:44 PM
You caught me Jay. George and I were on the phone this morning and he told me to make sure that I ran an article counting the active gun owners in town because, well, yeah. No.
david mokal January 18, 2013 at 09:57 PM
A Andrew in regards to do I have to worry about licenced gun owners the answer is yes. Many guns that were issued in Malden were confiscated in Demestic Assaults. In regards to obtaining a gun could have one in 15 mins. Easy to get. What I had said was in my post that The guns dont worry me but the Machine guns do. They could fall in the wrong hands, I dont think the Patch should have posted anything about the number of guns that are owned at all.
david mokal January 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Eddie the police cheif has to ok the permitt in the city. This has been since 1968 when I had to register for a shotgun. The police chief has to know. Pistols and all firearms. This is true in all cities. Im not against guns owned them since I was 12 yrs old. Grew up in the Linden Highlands we all had rifles. Handguns since I was 20. But unfortunatly I started taking seizures and gave up all my guns voluntarily. The only thing I have now is a POTATO GUN. Because I am left with Diploplia (Double vision) I couldn't hit the side of a barn door with a banjo. lol :>)
lcgrz January 19, 2013 at 12:26 AM
i would personally be fine with all firearms being labeled assault weapons since they can be easily and readily used for that purpose. i'm not speaking to the technical use of the term but the pejorative one.
coldwaterdiver January 19, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Cal, lots of people are against guns until they need one. Many people get the class a license because it allows them to carry concealed, not because of the capacity. And think of it this way, there are 58,900 people in malden that dont carry, you're looking at less than 2% of the population.
coldwaterdiver January 19, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Its probably for an antique tommy gun, not something you'd want to fire a lot cause the rounds are expensive, especially firing at that pace, but the owner is just being a responsible gun owner.
Gene Pinkham January 21, 2013 at 07:42 PM
I can't believe Chris called Johnny Cash a "Pop" singer.
Chris Caesar January 22, 2013 at 01:38 AM
Haha. Why not? He's not Shakira or something but country music is clearly 20th century 'popular music,' musically speaking.
Frank G January 22, 2013 at 06:41 AM
Sorry to see that the Salemwood Grille has closed. One of our favorite restaurants.


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