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See Somerville's Active Firearms Licenses

Somerville saw a 40 percent increase in firearms permits from 2008 to 2012.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a number of efforts Wednesday 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 Somerville from 2008 through 2012. Here are the numbers for Somerville:

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 128 136 137 130 129 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 98 123 144 172 181 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 799 916 997 1,094 1,208 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 101 100 95 75 68 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 5 5 7 7 7 Total 1,131 1,280 1,380 1,478 1,593

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

As you can see, in Somerville there was a 40 percent increase in firearms permits from 2008 to 2012—from 1,131 to 1,593.

Somerville's population is 75,754 according to 2010 Census data, which means just over 2 percent of the city's population had a firearm permit in 2012.

According to the data provided by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, across the state there was a 23 percent increase in firearms permits from 2008 to 2012—from 268,520 to 329,277.

With a state population of 6,547,629, according to the 2010 Census, that means about 5 percent of residents in Massachusetts had a firearm permit in 2012.

Rog January 23, 2013 at 03:03 PM
LSG- "1200 large capacity permits does not mean there are only 1200 large capacity weapons in Somerville" Exactly! We have no idea how many large capacity firearms there are in Somerville (both legal and illegal). For all we know there could be zero based solely on this data. For instance, I have a LTC-A license but I don't own a large capacity firearm. Or to say it another way... just b/c you have a driver’s license doesn’t mean you own a car. Presenting licensing data is nothing but misleading.
LSG January 23, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Rog, you make some really good points. We really need to know how many (and what kind of) guns are in Somerville - not how many licenses have been issued. But, so far, this is the only info we have, and at least it's a start to the discussion.
Warren Dew January 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM
ttt, Excellent points. LSG, Why wouldn't you worry about your neighbor's SUV driving through your bedroom window? I'm far more worried about that than about gun accidents. Heck, you actually have to go through a gun safety course to get a firearms license - not true for a driver's license.
Jake January 25, 2013 at 03:16 PM
I drove by a new condo development in the city the other day. And there was a gas grill sitting on their teeny tiny 'balcony'. You wouldn't even need an explosion, just a few sparks from starting up the grill could easily ignite the house, along with nearby houses. This is a densely populated city of mostly wood structures. Need I say more?
LSG January 25, 2013 at 03:41 PM
OMG! If ONLY we had a fire code in the Commonwealth! Especially one that already forbid the use of most kinds of gas grills on most kinds of balconies and that allowed local communities to impose even more stringent regulations! Oh! And an authority to take reports and investigate violations. Why, we could call that person a Fire Marshall and bring the force of law, with penalties and fines, to the Fire Marshall's orders. But surely that would be an unconscionable abridgment of the god-given right to endanger our neighbors' persons and property without their permission. http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXX/Chapter148/Section28

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