In Massachusetts, police are apparently allowed to use their own discretion to deny permits to purchase guns, even to people who have never been arrested.
In Massachusetts you need a permit to buy a gun and local police have discretion to deny that permit, subject to court review.
I asked some officers around the state whether they use that discretion.
— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) May 6, 2018
It is touted as the toughest gun law in America. Basically, “something’s not right here” can be the basis for denying a permit to purchase a firearm.
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 6, 2018
To say the least.
Sounds like Massachusetts has some serious issues telling the difference between a right and a privilege. https://t.co/gUS8sVl4oz
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) May 6, 2018
That’s the key.
In other words, they deny people's rights even if they've never been arrested before? https://t.co/qeurhdFNZX
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) May 6, 2018
Here’s what the Boston Police Commissioner said in defense of the law:
“It’s crazy that some states just give out these guns with very few requirements.”
The 2nd Amendment is part of the U.S. Constitution, which applies to every state. States shouldn’t just decide they are going to follow certain parts of it.
Government officials think having more power over the citizenry rather than less is a good thing? I’m shocked. Police and prosecutors also think civil asset forfeiture is great, so I guess that should stay, too? https://t.co/BayXaodjU1
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 6, 2018
Fortunately, it's unheard-of for governments to exercise discretion to deny rights to unpopular groups or individuals. https://t.co/GX7GhK50L3
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) May 6, 2018
Nope, never seen that before. Ever.