In an a well written article in The Patriot Ledger by Christian Schiavone on March 28, 2012, Quincy police Capt. Anthony DiBona, is quoted as saying:
"a license to carry is not a right. It’s strictly a privilege.”
Accompanying this article was a public poll asking the following question:
Should Massachusetts adopt the so-called "shall-issue'' standard, in use in 37 other states, that takes away a police chief's discretion in issuing licenses to carry a firearm?
As this article was being written, the votes in favor were 80% to 20% in the negative with 1,259 respondents. Why? And why by such a wide margin would respondents be in favor of changing Massachusetts General Laws from "May Issue" to "Shall Issue" like 37 other States?
Could it perhaps be related to precisely the kind of Constitutional reasoning held by Quincy Capt. Anthony DiBona and by far too many other Local Police/Law Enforcement departments across the Commonwealth?
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
When those who have taken an Oath of Office to uphold the Constitution and the Public Trust violate their Oath and reject their fellow Citizens Civil Rights these are the unintended consequences.