Anything to impede the constitutional right to own a gun.
The city of Lowell, Mass., has come up with an ingenious way to discourage gun owners from fully exercising their right — implement a law requiring applicants for unrestricted handgun licenses to write an essay explaining why they should receive such a license, according to Fox News.
Oh, and attending a training class that can cost upwards to $1,100.
Try pulling a stunt like that with the right to vote and it’s not entirely out of the question that the Obama administration would consider deploying the National Guard.
The new law takes effect this week, Fox News reported.
Lowell Police spokesman Capt. Timothy Crowley downplayed the suggestion that an “essay” is required:
“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,” he said. “That is not unreasonable to most people.”
Police Superintendent William Taylor is tasked with determining whether essays receive a passing grade, having sole discretion for approving or denying applicants.
The gun control measure has plenty of critics, including Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts.
“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,” Wallace said, according to Fox News. “We already have a very strict set of gun laws in the state, but this is way over the top.”
The city held a public hearing last week on the issue and heard an earful.
“I will never write an essay to get my rights as an American citizen,” resident Dan Gannon told the City Council.
Wallace is urging Lowell residents not to adhere to the new law and to sue the city if and when their applications are denied.
“It’s like having a college professor say, ‘I’m going to read your essay and if I don’t like it, I’m going to give it back to you,’” he said.
To be continued.
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