Gun Ownership Up 7.8%....in MASSACHUSETTS!

Gun Ownership Up 7.8%....in MASSACHUSETTS!

Gun Ownership Up 7.8%....in MASSACHUSETTS!

In 2015, the number of Massachusetts legal gun owners increased nearly 8 percent, according to the Boston Globe.

In Massachusetts, all legal gun owners are required to be licensed by the state.  Massachusetts is one of a small minority of states that requires gun owners to be licensed.  From bostonglobe.com: January 7, 2016

Tens of thousands of new gun licenses were issued to Massachusetts residents in 2015, continuing a recent surge, according to state data.

There were 342,622 active Class A firearms licenses statewide, according to figures provided by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services earlier this month. That was up about 24,700, or 7.8 percent, from the same time a year ago.

The Class A licenses catch the important trend, because 90 percent of all gun licenses in the state are in that category.

This helps answer a question that has been raised by national polls and gun sales records.  Gun sales are at record levels, and have been increasing for a decade.  The total number of private guns in the United States has increased by about 90 million in the last seven years.  At the same time, the number of people who are willing to admit to gun ownership in national polls has varied considerably.