WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The president's calling to curb gun violence. At the same time, there's been a spike in gun license applications in Massachusetts over the past few years.
A State Representative from Natick said some of the standards for issuing licenses may be too lax. Now he's calling for a review even though Massachusetts has one of the toughest gun laws.
The Boston Globe reports Permits have gone up by more than one third over the past five years.
At Guns, Inc in West Springfield, many of the people going in to get a license are looking to obtain a gun for the main purpose of home security.
Philip Marcil, General Manager of Guns, Inc. said, "As of recent sales, most of them are looking for home protection, that's where our sales have increased because everyone right now is afraid of all the home break ins and everything else going on."
This is in a state that has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, including a ban on some military-style assault weapons.
Marcil says in order to obtain a permit you must take a safety course, apply to your police department, and get a background check. The process can take 3-6 months.
Despite the increase, some like Kevin Joslyn of West Springfield say these regulations are necessary. "It's important, I think people look at the constitution and look at their second amendment rights … but I think if we look at reality of what's happening I think it's necessary that guns are getting into the hands of the wrong people then."
People who haven't gone through the process or any process at all.
"If they don't buy them legally they can get them illegally it doesn't go far to look. If you look at a gun manufacturer, how many guns have been stolen from there," said Edward Wojciak of Holyoke.
Despite the lengthy process, the city of Boston has seen a 60 percent increase in the number of gun licenses in the past 5 years.