Massachusetts' strict gun control laws apparently didn't stop the Tamerlan or Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from getting guns

The Massachusetts' gun control law may be associated with higher violent crime rates, but it didn't stop the Tsarnaev brothers from getting ahold of guns.  From Politico:
The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon and engaging in a massive firefight with police last week weren’t licensed to own guns, according to a report. 
Cambridge, Mass., police told Reuters they had not issued a gun license to 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after the firefight. The police departments in both Cambridge and Dartmouth said they didn’t issue 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a firearms identification card, which would’ve allowed him to own rifles holding less than 10 rounds and shotguns. Dzhokhar, who is under 21, wasn’t eligible for a regular handgun license. . . .
Yet, the number of legal gun owners has fallen from 1.54 million to just over 200,000.  The main point though is that murder and violent crime rates have gone up.

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Blogger drjim said...

Well, DUH!

Since when do criminals follow the law?

And I don't they had a "license" for hand grenades, either!

4/23/2013 12:04 AM  
Blogger Gladorn said...

I'm more worried about if they had a license for their bombs.

Yes, the above was sarcasm.

4/23/2013 4:41 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Hmmmmm, would it suprise anyone that yes, you can get an explosives license and possess hand grenades legally? The same goes for machine guns as well. You can own a tank with a fully functional gun too, and by gun I mean cannon. How about a cannon/mortar license?

All of these weapons can be obtained and licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. They even have a website too!

So, here we are discussing two disturbed individuals who did not apply for a permit, yet the news outlets ignore the above?

4/24/2013 10:56 AM  

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