Today 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 permits in Medford from 2008 through 2012. Here are the numbers for Medford:Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 187 205 195 183 179 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 103 116 140 135 146 Resident Class A Large Capacity Competition Temp. License to Carry Firearms 1 1 0 0 0 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 1,142 1,286 1,340 1,355 1,390 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 16 17 15 15 15 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 1 1 1 1 1
More information on the kinds of firearms permits available in Massachusetts can be found here.
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