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See Norwood 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 that in Newtown, Conn. 

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

Here are the numbers for Norwood and the surrounding area:

NORWOOD

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 160 175 176 171 165 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 51 65 75 72 77 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 608 668 686 727 763 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 20 21 22 21 15 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 0 0 0 0 0 Total 839 929 959 991 1020

DEDHAM

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 167 151 164 182 181 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 46 52 52 54 49 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 634 778 740 714 685 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 0 5 3 0 0 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 2 1 1 2 2 Total 849 987 960 952 917

WALPOLE

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 150 166 172 169 160 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 37 44 53 56 54 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 615 670 721 766 792 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 1 1 1 1 1 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 0 1 2 3 3 Total 803 882 949 995 1010

SHARON

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 75 82 82 82 83 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 22 24 28 28 31 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 288 331

360

381 393 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 35 39 39 36 36 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 4 4 4 4 4 Total 424 480 513 531 547

CANTON

Permit 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Firearms Identification Card 100 105 105 84 74 Firearms Identification Card Restricted Chemical Propellant Only 38 42 36 31 27 Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 413 437 457 488 506 Resident Class B Non-Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms 137
194 254 291 340 Resident License to Possess a Machine Gun 0 0 0 0 0 Total 685 778 852 894 947

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.

Joe January 18, 2013 at 09:12 PM
I'd like to know more about these statistics -- for example are any of these permit holders trained professionals (i.e. law enforcement) who reside in town? Also, these numbers don't say how many legal guns are in our towns but instead are saying how many people can legally possess guns in our towns -- correct?
Jim January 19, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I like the way the Patch posted this info. Much more responsible than that NY paper.
Joe Greeley January 19, 2013 at 03:58 PM
http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/chsb/firearms/dcjis-position-statement-on-the-release-of-information-on-firearms-licensees-and-firearms-owners.pdf http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/ciswel/weltomas.htm Interesting post, thank you Patch. Here are 2 related links, look under 'gun laws' on the sec.state site. Since one individual can obtain multiple cards, Norwood's number for example does not mean that 1,020 people have licenses/ID's, the actual number would probably be something less. Still, interesting.
Maureen Venditti January 19, 2013 at 09:36 PM
It seems we have some of the lowest numbers in this state for gun permits in Norwood. We have some strict laws. Still agree we need some common sense laws. It is fine that a person has a right to carry a gun. A gun but, why does a person need to be able to purchase 12 guns a year. In other countries only the police and military carry guns. Carry a gun fine. Why does it need to be an automatic weapon that can fire more than 10 rounds or 30. Growing up Police, Fireman and ,the Military were all people everyone admired and still should. They put their lives on the line each day. See and deal with things that a person should never have to. They are people of courage and honor and should be treated that way. Instead they get hurt, shot at and, not appreciated. Shouldn't they be the only ones that get to carry these kinds of weapons and be seen for kind of people and jobs they work. Make these common sense laws. Let people have a gun with background checks. They don't need to be able to purchase 12 of them a year. Who protects the police, fireman, military, rescue workers and,their families each day who put their lives on the line.
Jim January 20, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I have a different point of view. What difference does it make on how many firearms some one owns or can buy in a year? If you can be trusted with one whats the point of a limit? They already do checks if you buy an exesive amount ( more than 4 in a week I think) you get an ATF flag. No one is carrying automatic weapons. That is tightly regulated to own. ATF has right to enter and search your property with no notice or warrant. Part of the class 3 permit. Norwood currently has no full auto permits issued to my knowledge. Firearms with large capacity (30) that is something people own not conceal carry. Commonly used for sport shooting at a range and home protection. Who is to say how many rounds someone should have in s firearm to feel safe at home? If there was a multiple person home invasion who knows how many you need. If someone can be trusted with 10 rounds they should be trusted with 30 or ,,,? I think common sense would help a lot. Like in NY shooting with the firefighters. That man was in jail for murder already why was he out? I'm all for background checks they already do that in ma. But sure step them up even more. How about tougher sentences for gun crimes? We already have lots of laws let's make them get inforced. Sorry for any spelling and grammatical errors. Just wanted to say a few words from the responsible firearm owners side. Thanks for reading.
Maureen Venditti January 20, 2013 at 07:13 AM
You are right Norwood doesn't have permits for automatic weapons.I meant in general. Automatic weapons are sold every where. At guns shows and even through the mail. As that one man in DC got someone's automatic weapon delivered to his home by mistake and called the police to get it. They showed on the news sadly after the shooting of those babies in Sandy hook the sale of automatic weapons went up because people were afraid of new gun laws. It might have made a difference with 10 rounds or 30. If the man only had 10 rounds.It's heartbreaking. I used to live in upstate New York. Which can be checked. Hunters which are some of my own friends. Proudly show their gun collections in guns cabinets they have specially made and cost a lot. They are locked. I have seen too many deer across peoples cars .Which I don't like to see. A good hunter can take a deer down with one shoot or during bow season one arrow. So they don't need 30 rounds. You are right we do need tougher laws. Everyone will have different views and everyone has a right to them. People who are responsible with guns are fine. Some others are not where does one draw the line. A person does have a right to protect their home as you said but,what if you shot someone by mistake.Children have also been known to find guns and get hurt by mistake. People with guns have rights but, what about the victims? People will never agree but, we all have the right to disagree and appreciate each others opinion. As I do yours.Thanks.
Jim January 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
For me the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting. I'm not a hunter. I was also very upset at sandy hook. I have 2 elementary school children. I think we all want the same thing. A safer life. I just don't like the new law proposals that will punish only the law obiding citizen. Do you think a criminal is going to have only 7 rounds? But the NY law obiding person now will. I know I won't change anyone's mind. I am hoping that common sense will be used in any new laws but .........
Peter McFarland January 20, 2013 at 07:41 PM
The debate should be about firearm safety, education and suicide prevention. Almost twice as any people commit suicide by a gun than homicide by gun in the US.
Maureen Venditti January 20, 2013 at 09:14 PM
There is an article in The Boston Globe today that more deaths are by suicide with guns then homicide. Which also was done by experts from Harvard and other places. It is shown by each state. Ma being low. It was said that states that have more guns per person were shown to have 4 more times sadly cases of suicide than states with with less guns. Yes it should be about safety, education and suicide prevention..Everything here that people have mentioned. I don't think the 2nd amendment has anything to do with hunting either but, you mention hunting and that hunters have weapons that hold many rounds. I was just saying friends that are hunters can take sadly out a dear with one round. I don't like hunting. I agree Jim we all want a safer life for our families. Was hoping that only police and military can carry guns that have more than 10 rounds. Then they can make sure of these criminals. Let's hope common sense will be used in the new laws and background checks take longer than a few days. That they are required in every state. Everyone here cares that shows and has good points. We all just want others to be safe and people to be responsible who have guns. Most people who carry guns are. Sadly some people are not. Thanks for listing. Have a good day everyone..
Jim January 21, 2013 at 05:10 AM
If and when the USA goes into default. And payments can't be made for food stamps. , SS , welfare, and all other public payments. The country riots like after Katrina and other disasters. Who will protect your family as the riots spread across the country? 911 won't help. That is why there is the 2nd amendment
Maureen Venditti January 21, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I never said there shouldn't be a 2nd amendment once.Let's hope what you have decided never happens. One never knows. There was really nothing sadly left to protect for most people during Karina. I even said people should be able to carry a gun more than once. Just believe The police and military who put their lives in dangers every day for all of us are the ones who should be able to carry guns with rounds over 30.Even some people who carry guns have even change their minds and many haven't. Even the most responsible people with guns can make mistakes. No one is perfect. Here is an article of responsible gun owners from yesterday that sadly shows that. The thing is if you read closer. I haven't disagreed with you. I just would like some harsher laws. I also said I respect your views and appreciate that we all can have different views. Here is the article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/gun-show-shootings_n_2513057.html. Take care.
Jim January 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Maureen. Sorry I wasn't trying to attack you or single you out. I was just speaking to the "crowd". I know in all your posts you support reasonable gun ownership. Ya I hope my last post never comes about in any form. It was just one example I use to explain why anyone would want to own large capacity magazines. Infesting link you put up. Yes it shows safety first all the time. Never assume its unloaded. Many times its a fatal mistake. It happend last year in Stoughton. A new gun owner shot his younger brother to death by being careless. Thanks for all your input!
Maureen Venditti January 22, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Hi Jim, You don't have to say sorry at all. I was not doing trying to do that to you either. We were both just giving our opinion nothing more. We both gave examples of things. Sorry sometimes I would say one or you. I didn't mean you personally. I meant anyone. I should watch more what I write and remember to always write one is trying to do something etc not you. It is just how I formed my sentence. Sorry if I offended you that was never my intention. I have signed petitions sent to me by mayors against gun violence because they want their the streets safer. When I have seen some of my friends that have gone deer hunting. I couldn't look. To see a deer on someones car. I couldn't look in the 5 years I lived in upstate NY. I still can't when I am visiting. I love to see deer and how beautiful they are. There are two other people who gave opinions also . So when I yours I meant all of us .I am copying something I wrote above. Here is it. People will never agree but, we all have the right to disagree and appreciate each others opinion. As I do yours. I also said have a good day everyone. Thanks. So again I am sorry Jim. Thanks for all you input also. You helped me learn a lot. Take care.
Jim January 22, 2013 at 04:45 AM
You never offended me. Not even close. I'm having a happy conversation. I know it probably doesn't read that way all the time. And I know what you are saying about deer hunting. I would need to be pretty hungry to shoot at one. I'm looking forward to the next subject to post about maybe something lighter lol.
Maureen Venditti January 22, 2013 at 07:04 AM
Thank you Jim. Much appreciated. It is just good conversation. Same here in written word one knows what they mean themselves in one's own mind and we think the other people can know our thoughts or feelings. Have seen it happen between friends on FB when trying to make a joke. Then everyone has to explain. Then all is fine. I understand about the deer. You said it perfectly. Next post something lighter . lol. Take good care.
kathleen February 03, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Obama 2008 - "I Am Not Going To Take Your Guns Away http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkUpp22fHyw Just like your taxes are not going up right.He doesn't give a shit about this country.He just needed to get in 4 more years so he can do his sick shit.See how cocky he is now.
kathleen February 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
This explains all the military training in the towns.When never in history was training was done or allowed in civilian area.Black hawks in plainville dropping from parachutes on top of schools.People in foxboro,walpole and plainville were never warned.Kind of scary.I bet hardly any of you know about the drone flying around in norwood controlled by the police.This was all in Norwood Patch.I'm not a gun owner but the second amendment is there for a reason.Don't believe everything on the news.Fox news is the only news that tells the whole story.They aren't gov run.New YorkTimes and washington times online if you want the real news.Don't let them brain wash you.

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