Chief of Police Requires “Essay” to Obtain CCW

By Dave Dolbee published on in General, News

As gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment we are used to lawmakers and public officials coming up with new ways to subvert the law and enact defacto gun control. That being said, the Chief of Police of Lowell, Massachusetts, has set the bar to a new low.

Massachusetts’ law mandates that it is an, “unrestricted right-to-carry” gun permit state. However, the police chief still has to issue the permit. In this case, the chief of the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department has mandated that the residents of Lowell submit a written essay to the chief of police that explains just why they want that particular right. To actually receive the permit, the applicant must receive a passing grade.

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The whole “shall not be infringed argument” is self-explanatory and needs no further explanation here, but how can anyone even conceive an essay requirement as a fair judge of whether to issue an “unrestricted right-to-carry” gun permit? I have read more than one report from police officers… based on their writing skills, more than a few would not have qualified to carry a firearm. However, that is not to say they were not good coppers. There is a lot that goes in to writing a report or an essay, including time, sleep, stressors, and education to name a few, but none of those have anything to do with the restriction of a Constitutional right.

English, writing skills, grammar, they are all subjective to the interpretation of the reader. Even the SAT, the standard requirement to enter most four-year universities, requires multiple readers to grade an essay, but not in Lowell. In Lowell, the Chief merely makes up a rule and assigns a reader. In fairness, the Chief did not make the rule, he merely brought it up to the city council who approved it, but you get the idea.

Adding insult to injury, in addition to the essay requirement, the residents of Lowell are also required to pay up to $1,100 for firearms training in order to obtain their permit.

The Local Perspective

Once the story broke, The Shooter’s Log immediately went to Mike Pelonzi, President of Magnum Anti Ballistic Systems Corporation. Beyond making some of the most innovative ballistic panels (Check back in the next couple of weeks for a story on Pelonzi’s ballistic solutions), Pelonzi is also a certified firearms training instructor in Massachusetts, which him an ideal candidate for a local perspective.

Pelonzi said, to be certified as a firearms instructor, you have to submit all of your training certificates and a written lesson plan to the Colonel of the MA State Police. Once approved, you are certified to teach the course. Students seeking a CCW who successfully pass that course are and issued a MA certificate, which is supposed to be—and was until now—accepted through all police departments in the state.

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However, Lowell, MA, Police Chief William Taylor’s new plan calls for additional requirements such as the essay and fees up to $1,100. Although the details are a bit vague as the department’s website has not yet been updated, it is rumored that the increase in fees is due to the Chief’s requirement that citizens be required to take a class taught by the police department instead of private instructors. Pelonzi noted that the average firearms safety class costs between $75 and $125, plus $100 for the license application fee.

Pelonzi concluded the interview by noting, criminals do not take firearm safety classes. We already have a system that requires training and an application that goes through a full NICS background check. Lowell’s new requirements add a burden to the law-abiding citizens and potentially denies them of their Constitutional rights, but does nothing to deter crime.

Jim Wallace with the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts released this statement: “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. We already have a very strict set of gun laws in the state, but this is way over the top. 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.’”

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“We’re no longer taking a cookie-cutter approach to issuing firearms licenses,” he said, in the Lowell Sun.

More time? More time for what? How is more time than the law dictates and burdensome, unnecessary requirements anything more than discrimination and an unlawful requirement to enact backdoor gun control by either denying citizens of their Constitutional rights or at a minimum delaying those rights?

How do you feel about Lowell, Massachusetts, new requirement to obtain an “unrestricted right-to-carry” gun permit by writing an essay and increasing the fees? Share you opinions in the comment section.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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  • Rich E

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    W. O. W. I’m just wondering if in this Chief’s state, if he is elected into his position as with other states. If so maybe the citizens should request that he writes a assay explaining why he should keep and deserves his position with that Police Dept. If I’m grossly mistaken, I thought the duty of the Police Dept was to serve and protect. Which group of citizens is he serving an which is he protecting. I find this one of the most insulting acts to the citizens of Lowell. I am a Vet, have been an elected official, and almost 23 yrs in the criminal justice field and have not seeing or heard of anything more insulting or absurd. To me this is right up there as the way us Vets were treated when coming back from Vietnam again if this is an elected position maybe the citizens should demand an essay from him again stating why he even deserves to be in his position

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  • garfield kat

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    Police Department
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    William Taylor
    Superintendent

    Office Hours
    M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM

    Location
    50 Arcand Drive
    Lowell, MA 01852

    978-937-3200 (P)

    This is the person responsible for trying to circumvent the Second Amendment. I am not going to rant on and on about this individual and get myself worked up over what I see as pure anti- american government interference of our Constitutional Rights. As the author of this article has said, this police chief “William Taylor” has set the bar to a new low. I personally have never understood what makes individuals like the police chief think they can better protect me than I can. I often wonder who is ultimately responsible for harm that comes to the citizens after those citizens have been denied their Constitutional Right to defend themselves. Who do we sue because of the negligence brought about by people like Chief William Taylor? Who do we hold accountable for deaths of family and friends because of people like Chief William Taylor? At the very least I would suggest they are a accomplice to murder or manslaughter. Shouldn’t people like Police Chief William Taylor be sent to live with the same people he helped to harm the law abiding citizen? Perhaps we should all ask ourselves these basic questions. Who is protecting us when the intruder is in our midst those precious and few minutes while we are waiting for the police to arrive. Who protects us form the thugs on the street when those thugs are beating the elderly and the helpless senseless? Just because “The Law” says its wrong to harm others doesn’t mean the criminal isn’t going to harm you. The laws are words on paper and have no meaning without respect and the criminal has no respect for the law. No one can better protect you than you. As long as there are people on earth there will always be criminals on earth and the honest hard working people will always be faced with the cowardice acts of the criminals. If we are lucky we will have those precious and few minutes to protect ourselves and your Second Amendment gives the right to do so. Do not allow people like Chief William Taylor put you in the position of depending on them. They are not there with you. They cannot stop the intruder. Only you can do that. Stand strong. Stand tall. Stand for your right to protect yourself.

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  • Mikial

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    He’s just another Liberal Nazi who wants to be in control. If it’s a “shall issue” state, there is legally no reason he can require anything other than what state law requires. I wonder if Mass even has a state gun rights group like we have here. Remember, this is the same state that let Ted Kennedy off the hook for drowning Mary Jo Kopechne in the back of his car after he drunkenly drove off a bridge, so why would it be a place that cares about people’s rights?

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    • Secundius

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      @ Mikial.

      Roughly 37? Groups. But the Measure, is there’s a Large Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Groups operating in Massachusetts. And they Operate in 46 States, including Virginia. Four Relatively close to ME, in Alexandria, Ashburn, Herndon and Sterling Northern Virginia…

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    • Mikial

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      @Secundius

      I don’t see what having an MS13 gang in the state has to do with fighting this kind of attack on law abiding citizens 2A rights. If there’s that many 2A rights groups, they need to pool their resources and take this guy down.

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    • Secundius

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      @ Mikial.

      CCW Permit’s don’t apply to Just One Segment of Society, they Apply to ALL…

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    • Secundius

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      @ Mikial.

      Emergency Managers, are appointed by the Governor in Every State. Lowell, Mass. LIKE Flint, Michigan Has One Too. That being the case, they can Implement ANY “Draconian” Measure THEY WANT. And are ONLY answerable to the Governor of Mass…

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    • joedirt

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      what is a liberal nazi?

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    • Mikial

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      @joedirt

      Nazis tend to follow a totalitarian philosophy of absolute control over everybody and everything. For examples, i recommend Googling names like Pelosi, Obama, and Bloomberg.

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    • Archangel

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      Joe – if you scratch the microscopically thin skin of almost any liberal, you’ll find a fascist

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  • Sean Kendall

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    The world is full of tin-pot dictators. Lowell’s Police chief is, though I don’t know for sure, most likely anti-gun and very likely anti-civilian gun ownership and concealed carry. I’m also pretty sure that Lowell’s Mayor and city council are also behind this clear infringement of Lowell’s residents’ God given rights to self defense. Because this set of requirements is almost laughable in their vagueness (grading an essay?) and over the top costs for a CCW class taught by Police officers who may or may not be certified to teach such a course that I am sure the NRA, Gun Owners of America and other RTKBA organizations will sue the city. Because of the two recent Supreme Court rulings that have forced Chicago (of all places!) to issue CCW permits and allow gun stores to operate, Lowell’s eventual loss in court is almost guaranteed.

    This goofy action will be reversed, but the downside here is that I am sure it will be years before the final ruling forces Lowell to back off. While I am not wishing serious harm on anyone, the best case for justice is for someone in Lowell to apply for and be denied a CCW permit with very little justification, and then be seriously harmed due to not having the ability to defend themselves. If this did occur, and, again, I don’t want anyone to get hurt or killed here, the civil case against Lowell could result in a massive transfer of money from Lowell to the injured party or their family.

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  • Archangel

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    The essay should be on why Lowell needs a new chief of police – what the heck is with the local yokel using the permit? Shouldn’t that be a state function?

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  • Sephen Tremblay

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    Such a culture shock, I moved from Florida to Mass, . I needed a LTC for my pistols I already owned. License to Carry, but depending on the city you live in is whether you actually get the right to carry, yeah funny name for a pistol permit. Expecting the worse, living in the town of Easthampton, MA. the police department and in particular the processing LEO were great, and I got my “NO restrictions” LTC. Now by renewal time, I was living in the town of Northampton, right next door to Easthampton. Complete difference. I called to schedule my appointment for renewal, they gave me a hard time about the time I wanted, they said I had to be there at 8 A.M. for my appoint, when I got there already about 6 others waiting, been there since 7:30 A/M. and they did not start seeing anyone till 10 A.M. and not so nice. I think I would have never got a carry permit from them. A guy I worked with living in Springfield, MA said you had to have a LTC for a year before you could ask for carry permit privileges. And then you had to go through the complete application all over again with another $100. Well I am glad to tell you I am back in Florida, the wife and I are happy to be back and getting a permit is so easy compared to MA, glad to be out of that state.

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    • Eric

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      The socialist republic of MA is one of a couple of New England states that don’t recognize the US Constitution, and I think these small town cops really get off on that. Life is kind of quiet so they make up arguments to hassle the locals, just because they can. So unprofessional! Get stopped by one of these dopes and you’ll think you’re talking to Captain Klink!

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  • Timothy McAtee

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    WOW! There really is some special kind of kool-aid required to be consumed as a political figure in the State of Mass. Obviously Lowell is holding up their end of the madness. As if the thought that 10 rounds of ammo at a time is less deadly than any other capacity. But then, magazine sales are brisk in Mass. The people there need to stand for their rights and refuse. Get their permit form an adjoining township or whatever alternate avenue is available.

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  • Tom

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    I would just submit a copy of The Federalist Papers #46. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, it damn sure good enough for the sheriff !

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    • Michael

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      XVIth President of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln: Proclamation 104 of November 13, 1862. The Confiscation Act, aka The Suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus in America Act, aka “Suppress Insurrection, to Punish Treason and Rebellion, to Seize and Confiscate the Property of Rebels, and for OTHER PURPOSES Act of 1863. NEVER REPEALED.

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    • DaveW

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      And they’d say you plagiarized your essay and deny you your rights.

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    • Devereaux

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      And isn’t the irony here that freedom was largely defined by the original settlers of MA. Would not they be turning over in their graves to see this.

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  • DaveW

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    In the 1770s, and beyond, a great many colonists could neither read nor write, let alone use proper grammar. It’s quite doubtful the Founders would have levied such a requirement. If they had, they probably could never have raised an army of colonists to overthrow King George.

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  • abelhorn

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    For all that do not know

    you get your full 2nd Amendment rights back

    when you use it to take them

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    • D. DeBusman

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      Amen brother

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    • Kent B.

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      You notice that Sheriff’s are mentioned at the beginning of the article. A large majority of them believe that the Second Amendment means what it says. In most states Sheriff’s are elected in a local election and are known as Constitutional Officers. That is why they answer to the citizens and not the local political machine, and if they honor their “Oath of Office” they uphold the Constitution of their state and the nation. They will not honor laws or ordinances that violate either Constitution. The Chief of police is a political appointee and answers to the local city council, board, alderman, or whatever the governing group is called. Many police chiefs are professional chiefs who rarely worked on the street and have been in administrative jobs most of their careers. They go from one chiefs job to another and in many cases walk the straight and narrow lead of their bosses to keep their jobs. They are just politicians in a police uniform. Just remember that the police chief is appointed by the board who is elected by the citizens. The citizens need to flood the council’s phones and jam the council meetings calling for the removal of the police chief and letting the council members know that next election they will be looking for a new job. Its up to the local citizens to either take political action or roll over and play dead. Even if you don’t own a gun, remember that in the next election, people like Bloomberg and George Soros will be pouring millions of dollars into national, local and state elections to try to take away your Second Amendment rights and push their far left liberal agenda. You shouldn’t be willing to give up any rights that were given you by the Founding Fathers. Once they are gone, you will never get them back.
      “God Bless America”

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    • Michael

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      The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were Written in the 18th Century, using a Dictionary Written in the 17th Century. The NRA, just can’t Reinterpret the Constitution and the Bill of Right, by using a Dictionary Written in the 20th Century. If they (the NRA) were allowed to be able to do that, What prevents anyone from reinterpreting the HOLY BIBLE the SAME WAY.

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