Has a Massachusetts lawmaker actually come up with a practical way to address the growing backlog of gun license and carry applications that have come about as local police departments limit office hours or shut down their licensing departments completely? Well, kind of.
State Rep. Joseph McKenna, a Republican from Webster, Massachusetts, has introduced a bill in the state house that would provide a way for residents in the state to complete their paperwork for a gun license without having to first get fingerprinted, as is currently required.
“I think for the most part, towns are being really cooperative and working with applicants to figure out how to best proceed with an application safely and without as much face-to-face contact,” he said. “I do think there are some towns that could perhaps be using COVID as a reason to say to an applicant, we’re not comfortable with you coming into the police station.”