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.
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