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How Many Marblehead Residents Have Gun Permits?

President Barack Obama's proposals for new gun control measures have everyone talking. But do you know how many of your neighbors might be armed?

In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Barack Obama has made several new proposals for increased gun control.

That got us thinking. How many Marblehead residents have a gun license?

The answer: 849, if you're talking about the most common type of gun license. In bureaucratic-speak, that's the "Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms." According to the Globe, it's the only Massachusetts license that lets individuals carry a concealed weapon and own any type of legal gun.

To put that 849 person figure in context, Marblehead's population is 19,808 according to the 2010 Census. That means about 4 percent of Headers have the most common type of gun license.

Since 2008, the number of people with a gun license in town has risen 29 percent. The single biggest jump came between 2008 and 2009 when there was a nationwide spike in gun permits sought. Some attributed that to fears Obama would restrict gun rights. But according to the Globe, the economic downtown may also have played a role in the increase, as people worried about their personal safety.

Here is a chart of active "Class A" gun license holders in Marblehead since 2008, according to the State Office of Public Safety.

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Trend (08 to 12) Class A Licenses 660 741 791 826 849 Up 29 percent

Among other types of licenses, numbers held pretty steady across that span. Active "Class B" licenses, which are for small-capacity guns, actually fell 12 percent over the period.

And here's something you might not know: There are eight people in Marblehead licensed to own a machine gun. That number has also remained steady since 2008.

If you are interested in getting a gun permit, you must make an appointment with Marblehead Police.

Walter Haug January 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
If you think some form of control of mass killing guns is necessary, please go to Americans for Responsible Solutions and sign up to help. The NRA must have a lot of decent members but its leadership seems to be a den of mad people.
John Buba January 17, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Walter, We have tons of gun laws and they don't fix the problem because guns are not the problem. ALL THE MASS KILLINGS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE. And in all cases people around these killers knew something was wrong but could do nothing about it. Your friends at the ACLU believe that being angry and mentally ill in society is a civil right. You want to fix the problem? Make it easier to commit these folks.
Anne Sweeney January 21, 2013 at 07:37 AM
What has President Obama done to curtail and revamp the rating systems. Young kids have access to the most horrific violence through the internet. All the new movies have killing and guns as their main draw ? Continuous Gun Violence over the Main Stream Media has to stop, if the problem is to be addressed in a civil fashion. GUN VIOLENCE in the movies and in Video Games, need enforcement in the same fashion as we enforce Alcohol. This will solve the problem with Gun Violence in America.

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