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Lowell Massachusetts Police: Pay $1.1K & Submit Essay for Handgun License “Approval”

If anyone needs further proof that Gun Control is about disarming law abiding citizens and has NOTHING to do with actually stopping criminals, they need look no further than Eastern Massachusetts.

A new gun control law takes effect this week in Lowell, Massachusetts, 35 Miles North of Boston. (I can only imagine that the wafting scent of beans from the South has somehow addled the brains of the elected officials and police brass in this city of 110,000 people.)

This law requires applicants to state in writing why they should receive such an unrestricted handgun license. Basically, they must write an essay pleading with “THE MAN” as to why the government should allow simple peons to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

This outright affront to the Constitution was pushed by Police Superintendent William Taylor and passed by the City Council. Taylor has sole discretion for approving or denying the applications.

As such, Taylor has made himself one part Professor one part Dictator.  He can deny an application for any reason, including improper grammar, spelling errors, mixed metaphors, using an unflattering font, or personal opinion of the essay.

Though in truth, he needs no reason at all. That is what you get in a “May Issue” state. Some bloated despot who can endanger your life, by trampling on your rights, just on a whim.

In addition to submitting an essay like a high school teenager, applicants are required to take a safety course IN ADDITION TO the course all ready mandated by the state.

The FIVE day training course approved by the city costs $1100.

Lowell Police Department Spokesmen Capt. Timothy Crowley tried to downplay the essay portion of Lowell’s 2nd Amendment infringement by stating:

“If you want a license to carry a firearm unrestricted wherever you want and whenever you want, the superintendent is just looking for some documentation as to why. That is not unreasonable to most people.”

First off, it is unreasonable.  Secondly, if I wrote for my essay, “It’s my Constitutional right” as the reason, would that be acceptable?  It’s now documented that I believe the Constitution allows me to exercise my Second Amendment right– so the “Authority” shouldn’t have a problem with it…right?

Somehow I doubt Capt. Crowley or Superintendent Taylor will be issuing any permits to applicants who put it succinctly as I just did.

The gun owners of Lowell have by and large publicly ridiculed the new laws.

Executive Director of Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, Jim Wallace, said:

It is absurd that people should have to write an essay to the town to explain why they should be able to exercise their constitutional rights.  We already have a very strict set of gun laws in the state, but this is way over the top.”

Resident Dan Gannon defiantly told the city council:

“I will never write an essay to get my rights as an American citizen.”

Gun safety instructor Randy Breton reports that the training aspect of the law was designed purposely to make it cost prohibitive for citizens to get a permit.

Referring to the $1100 training course the city approved: “It’s beyond ridiculous.”

Wallace suggests residents not comply with this unconstitutional law, simply take the matter to the courts, and hope that some sanity will be brought to Lowell.

This is an example of a tyrannical government controlled by gun control zealots put in charge of a city and police department. A tyrannical government with no preemption permits cities to violate its citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.

Tony Oliva is a Second Amendment advocate and spokesperson who writes for bulletsfirst.net.

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