Western, MA Residents - LTC Permits should be issued for all lawful purposes. Most towns in MA currently issue an unrestricted license.The intent is not to encourage concealed carry, but simply to place the burden for lawful behavior on the licensee. If the licensee does something inappropriate that deserves suspension, the license is suspended regardless of a restriction or lack of a restriction. Some town/cities in Western MA issue a restriction on all LTC Permits and each town/city views the meaning of these restrictions differently. Restrictions are confusing and make it very difficult for law abiding firearms owners to ensure they are following the rules. Restrictions do not prevent crime as criminals will not mind violating a restriction in the process of committing a crime.
The following towns/cities of Western MA are confirmed as currently issuing restricted permits to their citizens - CHICOPEE, EAST LONGMEADOW, SOUTHAMPTON, and SPRINGFIELD. All other towns/cities in Western, Massachusetts DO NOT issue restricted licenses or are unconfirmed. This practice is grossly unconstitutional. Restrictions are based only on where you live, at the discretion of the Chief of Police in each of these towns/cities. Why do the citizens of places like Westfield and Holyoke have more rights than the citizens of Chicopee or Southampton.
Please sign this petition if you believe in smarter and consistent gun laws.