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See Attleboro, Seekonk Active Firearms Licenses

What are your thoughts on President Obama's proposals to curb gun violence? Let us know by posting a comment below.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a number of efforts this week 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 the one in Newtown, Conn. 

The state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security provided Patch with a summary of active firearms licenses in Attleboro and Seekonk from 2008 through 2012.

Here are the numbers for Seekonk, Attleboro and the surrounding area:

ATTLEBORO

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 178 192 185 170 146 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 62 78 81 70 64 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 1,483 1,622 1,714 1,719 1,676 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 23 26 28 30 24 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 4 5 5 5 6 Total 1,750 1,923 2,013 1,994 1,916

SEEKONK

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 50 53 105 84 74 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 12 13 17 19 18 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 469 531 549 578 627 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 5
5 4 5 5 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 0 0 0 0 0 Total 546 602 619 653 701

FOXBOROUGH

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 97 106 112 112 108 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 20 22 26 28 31 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 547 617 692 734 794 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 53 56 50 36 27 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 5 5 5 4 4 Total 722 806 885 914 964

WRENTHAM

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 100 109 113 115 119 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 21 23 31 34 33 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 537 585 626 661 690 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 33 35 33 30 27 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 4 5 5 5 6 Total 695 757 808 845 875

MANSFIELD

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 48 54 56 62 61 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 32 38 41 45 47 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 570 637 685 738 782 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 28 30 30 26 28 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 5 5 5 5 4 Total 683 764 817 876 922

NORTON

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 97 104 104 99 102 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 32 43 47 45 43 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 767 845 883 942 1024 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 2 2 2 2 1 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 9 10 10 11 13 Total 907 1004 1040 1099 1183


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? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Amy January 18, 2013 at 05:36 PM
I'm glad you practiced journalistic responsibility and didn't list names, addresses and maps to homes of law abiding citizens.
Emcee of Seekonk January 18, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Frankly, I think the president has poked a stick into a hornets' nest. There is a lot of push back from red states... Kentucky being one, but there are others. I'm not a fan of guns, but I am a fan of the constitution. I think the time wasted trying to implement these proposals will not be worth the results accomplished. There will still be illegally owned guns in the hands of criminals. Chicago will not suddenly be safe.
Reason January 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
CLASS “A” LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, handguns, rifles, shotguns and feeding devices (both large* and non-large capacity). This is the only license that allows the carrying of concealed handguns-either loaded or unloaded. CLASS “B” LTC: Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of all ammunition, non-large capacity handguns, and all rifles and shotguns (large* and non-large capacity). FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION CARD (FID): Permits the purchase, possession and carrying of non-large capacity rifles, shotguns and ammunition only. Restricted FIDs are also available solely for the possession of mace or pepper spray. Applicants for the restricted FID are exempt from the education requirement. *A large-capacity firearm is a semi-automatic handgun or rifle that is capable of accepting more than ten rounds, OR shotgun capable of accepting more than five shotgun shells, OR if it is an assault weapon. NOTE: A .22 caliber rifle with a fixed tubular magazine is not large capacity. Also, No person shall be issued a license to carry or possess a machine gun in the commonwealth, except that a licensing authority or the colonel of state police may issue a machine gun license to: (i) a firearm instructor certified by the municipal police training committee for the sole purpose of firearm instruction to police personnel; (ii) a bona fide collector of firearms upon application or upon application for renewal of such license.
Ron January 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM
God bless the 2nd Amendment !
ohreally January 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Hi Amy, it's against the law in MA to divulge that information.
ohreally January 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM
These politicians up here in the Northeast are just out to one up each other. Now I'm hearing the Gov here, not to be outdone by Cuomo, wants to impose a 7 round limit on mags. How ridiculous. MA already has tough gun laws, including background checks, fingerprinting, letters of reference, safety certification classes, etc., etc., and has a low gun crime rate. They don't need to do anything further than what they already have on the books ! All this is going to do is turn law-abiding citizens into instant criminals. Further, and trust me on this one, none of this will decrease the gun crime in Roxbury or Dorchester. What decreases the crime there is exactly what they just did ....diligently go after the real criminals.
ted reischl January 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM
It is good to know that I live in a city that has citizens intelligent enough to protect themselves, and politicians smart enough to not interfere with that right, a special thanks to the Chiefs and their staffs who work to make this possible, yea, I know they get paid, but everyone likes to know they are appreciated.
Mom with opinion January 19, 2013 at 06:28 PM
We should have tougher gun laws. It isn't enough.
ohreally January 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Hi Mom, it is enough in Mass., see my comments above.
ohreally January 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Anyone see any news about the rally's in Boston and across the country? Globe reported it as "hundreds" of people showed up Nationwide. Hundreds?? The Globe is misrepresenting this (I wonder why). There where THOUSANDS if not tens of thousands that participated across the country, including Boston and Providence. In Boston, there was a man from China showing his support, who witnessed the Tiananman Square uprising (Do you all remember that China had the nerve to "lecture" us recently on their opinion that America should ban guns?) Trust me, the safest place in Boston this afternoon was at that protest on Beacon Hill. Here is the link to video of National Anthem sung at the demonstration, including the participant from China. Check out his sign. Looks more like 1000 people showed up just at Beacon Hill.... http://s44.beta.photobucket.com/user/terje201/media/2013-01-19_12-01-23_339.mp4.html
Tisiphone January 20, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I notice that Obama surroundedhimself with children at his announcement, then read a letter supposedly written by a 7 year old. I wonder if he will repeat that performance when he gets to tax reform. I wonder what the 7 year olds will supposedly write about that. About 25 years ago (not knowing the rules) I went to see the ATF about a machine gun license. They were astoundingly cordial. They brought out a picture book to show me what I should buy, and which ones not to avoid. I was invited to join them on one of their Sunday cruises in Boston Harbor when they shot up beer barrels (I am not making this up). I was also given to understand that, at the time, the license was granted by the local police chief, they only collected the $200 "transfer tax". It was really just a lark and I never followed through on it. I was sort of on a lark. The Mormon Church had just licensed manufacture of the American 180, a .22 machine gun. You could shoot that all afternoon for $40.00.
Steve Hopkins January 21, 2013 at 02:59 AM
The back ground check needs to be cleaned up and enforced.too many loop holes between all the cities, towns and states that have their own versions of this part of the law. And... physicians need to sunlit concerns to a national data base with issues with some individuals being able to purchase a weapon. And All cities, town and states need to use a single national data back to perform background checks, just like they need to do with profiles. All of this has notghing to do with restricting the rights of law abiding, sane, individuals.
P. Hogan January 21, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Where exactly are these loopholes Steve in the current background check? As a person who has processed background checks as tasked by the licensing officer, I'd like to know what insight you have to these "loopholes". If you have any criminal background it will come up, you can't hide that. And as for a doctor's submitting information, how do we deal with a severely anti 2A medical professional, who could throw that power around quite effectively. Please, enlighten me on how things are so loose in this liberal state of Massachusetts.
Jerry Chase February 09, 2013 at 06:01 AM
B H O could not pass "a background check".

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