In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Barack Obama has made several new proposals for increased gun control.
That got us thinking. How many Salem residents have a gun license?
The answer: 1,111, if you're talking about the most common type of gun license. In bureaucratic-speak, that's the "Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms."
According to the Globe, it's the only Massachusetts license that lets individuals carry a concealed weapon and own any type of legal gun.
To put that 1,111 person figure in context, Salem's population is 41,654 according to the 2010 Census.
Other local gun license statistics:
- Salem Firearms Identification Cards - 122
- Salem ID Card for Chemical Propellant - 90
- Class B Non-Large Capacity License - 47
If you are interested in getting a gun permit, you must make an appointment with the Salem Police Department.
Check back later this week for a more comprehensive look at Salem gun statistics.