There isn’t a reason in the world a Boston resident would need a shotgun or a rifle. After all, only the police should have them and they are there to protect us, right?
Those are the sentiments of Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. He made the statement on Boston Public Radio while addressing the issue of the power of police to deny citizen’s the rights to own firearms.
Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg contended that there are already enough federal laws on long guns and that new local laws were not needed to grant the police the power to deny firearm ownership any further.
According to WGBH, Evans replied:
I don’t agree with that. Having long guns–rifles and shotguns–especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. [And] the federal [government] doesn’t really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases.
…For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.
Police in Boston have been trying to get Boston lawmakers to grant them the power to deny firearms to residents even if they have already passed a background check. They would do this by denying the license to own a shotgun or rifle.
The Massachusetts House voted to give the police those powers, but the senate later took that section out of the bill. Lawmakers are now expected to attend a conference committee, where the dispute could kill the bill altogether.
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