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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Comments (224)

  • Dennis Dever

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    Chief Taylor, his regime, and the Massachusetts government are the perfect examples of why the right to keep and bear arms is so important. Not so much for a militia to defend the country’s freedom against external threats, but to defend ourselves against a government of our own that would disarm us all. Especially in corrupt, crime ridden states where violent threats are highest. And when that government is successful, history has always shown what happens next. Nazis, Dictatorship, extermination. Always look for the contradictions with these people, then their true goal is more obvious. I’m thankful to live next door in Maine where the Second Amendment is my concealed carry permit.

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  • Backwoods NC Boy

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    This is communism BS! “It’s my Right” should be the entire essay, the sounds like the city council should be thinned out asap come election time.

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  • Ural Kidd

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    Judging from the history of their deceased patron saint, Teddy Kennedy, their efforts would be better spent making the requirements for getting a driver’s license tougher! Ask the Kopechne family.

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  • Mike Blubaugh

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    This is just another “Little Man”, big ego type. He likes the power and fear that he injects to the process of gun ownership. When he can have a deputy walking along with every citizen to protect them 24/7/365 then and only then would it be a “maybe” ! But we know that’s a big a joke as that “Chief of Police” & his Hitler type rule!!!

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  • Troy

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    This is an old practice, in 1993 when I got my CCW for the first time. I lived in Columbus Indiana, a letter had to be submitted to the chief of police. It had to include why you wanted a CCW and reasons that would allow the use of deadly force. All this had to pass thru his office to be able to obtain a CCW. Back then no training was required to obtain it.

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    • Dan

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      Troy, I had to do the same in Ft. Wayne in the early 70…took a long time for approval but I finally got it.

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  • wolff

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    mass as always been a police state it is ironic the birth state of the revolution against the British an 235 yrs after the fact have become a communist state an the dumb people of mass let it happen glad i don’t live in a communist state i live in a republic state witch is free of this you can thank the Kennedy’s on up the people of mass better wake up

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  • John Reynolds

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    We, in the Bay Area of California, have the same issue. We must submit a written argument why we should be allowed to have a concealed carry permit. Wanting to have one is not enough. in fact, most reasons will not pass the sheriff. So few permits are issued that the prevailing attitude, even at the local NRA courses on defense outside the home, is that it is not even worth applying because the application will be rejected. MA is not the only place that has lost the constitutional right to bear arms.

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  • DaveW

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    If the NRA funded such a move, they would lose their tax exempt 501(c) status.

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  • PRISONGUARD1

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    Living in the ‘PEOPLES REPUBLIK of KALIFORNISTAN’ I can sympathize with the imprisoned citizens of the once great state of Massachusetts. If I weren’t a retired peace officer I doubt that I would be able to get a CCW , but since it is actually my right and I feel ‘DUTY’ to carry, I will do so. Unless you know can can aim and shoot when and if the time arises then maybe a CCW is not for you. No one knows for sure until tested, once it leaves the barrel there is no ‘do overs’.

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  • pAUL

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    The U.S. Marshall’s office should arrest Chief William Taylor for subversion, sedition, and and becoming an Hitler’s police state. But then they don’t have the guts to do it either, so — The U.S. government previously passed a bill that “no Chief of police official may turn down CWP applicants and that they can not become Capone insurance hoods collecting outlandish fees for this or that. WHAT ABOUT THIS FBI, hahahaha No comment either. If those citizens allow this to happen to themselves — then when the war starts for sure your on your own,m expect no help from the Constitutional Patriots..

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    • Servitor

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      @ pAUL.

      The problem is, that the Chief of Police for Lowell, Massachusetts is THE MESSAGE, NOT the MESSENGER. The Messengers, in this Case are the Town Council of Lowell, Massachusetts. THEY “WROTE” The Law. The Chief of Police, DIDN’T!

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