Massachusetts Town Will Require Essay For Carry Permit

posted on January 26, 2016

In the category of “Exactly what don’t they understand about the phrase, ‘Shall Not Infringe?’” Lowell, Mass., leaders are set to begin requiring gun permit applicants to write an essay explaining why they want to practice their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The new policy will require residents seeking a carry license to take a very expensive gun safety course. Additionally, residents seeking an unrestricted gun license will be required to state in writing why they should get the license, and provide additional documentation on why they consider themselves to be qualified—military or law-enforcement service, a previous Right-to-Carry permit or signed letters of recommendation.

While we see plenty of constitutional problems with this requirement, Lowell resident Dan Gannon summed it up quite well. “I will never write an essay to get my rights as an American citizen,” Gannon told the Lowell Sun.

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