I am getting more and more feedback from people around Massachusetts that have taken my State Basic Firearm Safety course, or took it somewhere else but could not get any answer(s) from where they took it, asking me about what they should say when the police chief of their town will not accept “Any Lawful Purpose” as good enough a reason for issuing the gun permit. He will issue them a restricted license for ‘target and hunting’ only, but later, they are told, if they can prove some good “reasonto be issued an unrestricted license with a letter explaining ‘why’ you think you need an unrestricted  LTC the chief will consider it, but of course that can/will cost you another $100!

NOTE: ( My ‘Reason Letter’ is further down the page near the bottom in Bold type, you cant miss it ).

In my opinion this is meant to intimidate you, and is an illegal scheme/scam to charge honest people $100 twice by the state, it does absolutely zero to prevent crime, hell, I think it is a crime! Call your Representative,( 617-722-2000) if this is happening to you. If your Representative is not willing to stop the scheme/scam, then he/she is a willing participant in the scheme/scam, vote them out in November!

I have helped each person in turn on a one to one basis, but now will simplify things for everyone (and myself). I have already talked about arbitrary discretion and its disservice to the law abiding public in past articles for years, so I am not going to go there. You may contact Rep. George Peterson about House Bill 2259 Rep.GeorgePeterson@hou.state.ma.us or call him directly at 617-722-2100,  his bill would curtail ‘arbitrary discretion’. If you would like to read any of  my related articles they are listed below, you simply click on them.  [Again, I strongly urge you to call your so-called state reps to complain about it, demand change, tell him/her to support house bill 2259!] They might listen, after all it is an election year.   I am going to give you a ‘template’ to use if your police chief tries to intimidate you in your legal pursuit for your right to self defense. The Second Amendment is not about ‘target and hunting’, this is a restriction some police chiefs coyly love to use.

One reason I decided to do this was because recently someone called me who had taken the class from someone else, he knew someone who had taken the class from me. The place that had given him the class told him they could not help him, that they only give the required class and that was all. Shame on them! I believe in standing with my students or anyone else looking to exercise their gun rights as American citizens.

The following letter will be your guide as to how you can counter, and hopefully satisfy the chief demanding such a (hoop) for you to jump through. If this does not satisfy him, then he is not trying to be reasonable, and nothing short of a Petition for Judicial Review will help if you are denied outright. In that case revert to Gun Sense #13  Specific to Ma. Petition for Judicial Review of my web site.  If the chief or his designate want to give you a permit for ‘target and hunting only’ even though you know your record or lack of a record does not warrant that decision, I advise that you tell them to deny you outright, and to put the denial in writing as to why they will not give it to you for ‘Any Lawful Purpose’. What the hell do they want for a reason? Any criminal intent!? See a great  letter at bottom of page from a client.

They may argue that your not being denied, but you most certainly are being denied the reason you want it for!  Dont accept less in the form of an unwarranted restriction like ‘target and hunting’, or a Class B license Note: AS of 8-13-2014 the class B license is now gone, please read #41 Gun Sense.  Also, with that in mind, read: Gun Sense #30, Graduated Licenses,(D-A)under Ma. Law & “GREEN CARD” Info.  for definitions of the license’s. They know it is wrong, don’t allow it.

Here is a letter designed to guide you; {Dear Chief of Police,(his name if you know it) I am currently applying for my class ‘A’ LTC and would like it for [ all lawful purposes] as this would cover any contingency/reason that I would ever need for its use. I am a devoted family man to my wife and children, and as such must think of their protection. I pray that I would never be forced into a situation by a criminal(s) that would put the lives of my family and/or myself in jeopardy, so while I hope for the best, I would like to be prepared for the worst, wherever I may lawfully be.  

I realize that there are bad people in the world that do not follow the laws of man nor God. As important as I know the jobs of policemen are, I am not naive, I realize they can not be everywhere at once, especially in our homes at night guarding us. Is anyone anywhere truely safe from a violent criminal act? This is why I feel strongly, that as the head of my household, the defense of my family is my immediate duty and  responsibility, and it falls to me first and foremost. Thank you sir for your consideration in this matter.} (your name, address, and phone # should be at the end). This letter will not cover all individual circumstances but can easily be molded to your liking. Send it ‘certified’ and put a copy in your file.  As I said before , it is merely a guide as to how to write down your humble reason(s).

Always keep copies of your gun related information, including the state certificate for the gun safety class, along with your ‘letter’ in case you need it for proof in the future should you be unreasonably denied or injured because of such denial. Your concern about crime is real, most crime happens when the police are not around. List of articles concerning what I have written about ‘Arbitrary Discretion';  (House Bill 2259, Everyone should pay attention, 1-5-2010)

(3-9-2006 Letter to Rep. V. DeMacedo (R) Plymouth, Page 1 of 3),

(Some Ma. Police Departments, 2009)

(Arbitrary Discretion 3-8-2007)    {Remember, Firearm Education Will Save Lives, Firearm Ignorance Can Take Lives}.  Ignorance of History could cost you your freedoms.

NOTE: Another game some towns put people through is letters from friends, even employers, go to Gun Sense # 33, Ma.”Letters of Recommendation”,Gun License Help.

Recently someone who had taken my class had followed my advice about how to handle a town that would only give a restricted license, the town he lives in is Wareham, you may want to read the following letter he sent me, with his permission I put in my website. :

Comment: Mark, I have been meaning to contact you and thank you for your help but I wanted to wait until I had good news….yesterday I picked up my class A license at the Wareham PD; a full five months after my interview, and almost seven months after I applied.

The interview went well and in fact….went down just as you suggested it would. I was told that they would “probably start me off with just an FID…”. I politely said, “no…not interested; if you want to reject my application do so in writing and I will appeal.”

I was then told that “We’re winning all the appeals…”. I replied, “well…you won’t win this one. I am a picture of stability. I’ve been in the same job for forty years, the same address for 30 years, I pay all my taxes & bills, I owe nobody anything, I’ve never been in trouble or arrested, and I’m not going to be the only one in this town without a gun. If I don’t qualify…then nobody here does and you’ll have to defend virtually every permit you have given out to justify excluding me”.

The officer then said “well we didn’t give you a license to drive without a permit….why would we give you a permit to carry a handgun when you have no experience?” I said “well, I don’t have a right to drive, but I do have a constitutional right to have a weapon….and since you brought it up, I’ve had a driver’s license for 43 years, driven over one million miles, and not had an accident.”

At the end I said “look…I don’t own any property that I can’t just replace. I don’t own anything that’s worth hurting anyone or getting in trouble over…but I do have a wife and two daughters in a neighborhood that is becoming increasingly dangerous, and the police alone cannot guarantee their safety.” His response….”perfect”.

So again….thanks a lot for your help Mark, particularly with preparing me for that interview. Tom M — Thomas, Wareham Ma. 9-15-2013

Very well said Tom!

Sincerely, Mark Shean- Ma. Firearm Safety- www.mafirearmsafety.com written 3-21-2010

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Your comments/insight are welcomed.

23 Responses to “Gun Sense #19, ‘Reason’ Letter for Ma. class ‘A’ LTC”

  • windangyle6669 says:

    Thank you again Mark!!! This is a great help to those who may have an issue getting there classA license to carry. It is horrible that law abiding citizens have to jump through hoops for their guns but the criminals go to the street corner. I dont understand why it is so hard for govenment officials to see no matter how much they try to restrict guns the criminals who do not follow the laws will always have them!! The letter you have put in your post should help most people, and God help us all if it doesnt. I know I will protect myself and my family regardless of the consequince and I hope that the majority of the population would do the same. You would think that law enforcement would appreciate that us law abiding citizens are willing to stand up for our rights to live and that of others- it makes their job easier. I have rescently started reading the book Armed Response by David Kenik and it has a lot of useful and interesting information. On page 163 the book quotes that Citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as police do every year. Only 2% of civilian shootings involved an innocent person mistakenly identified as a criminal. The error rate for the police however is 11%, more than five times as high. So I ask any intellegent human being to come up with a good reason that cant be argued, as to why a law abiding citizen shouldnt be able to carry. The numbers show that more lives are saved and that more criminals are stopped…what is the problem. I will continue to argue with and inform the ignorant that it is a benifit to all that the good guys have the guns!!!! As always thank you for your information and I will continue to speak about the right to bear arms and the right to defend your life and others. With much respect always, Nelly

  • Carrol Zilliox says:

    If we had more people like you Mark reading and commenting on this site, I think we would get a lot further down the road. NOTE: Thank you, I think we would not be in danger of losing our rights/freedoms thats for sure. MS

  • Kermit says:

    You’ve obviously spent some time on this Mark. Well done! NOTE: Thank you. MS

  • Betty says:

    People now days just don’t have the work ethic they used to have. I mean consider Mark, who wrote this post, he must have been working hard to write that good and it took a good bit of his time I am sure. I work at a newspaper with people who couldn’t write like this if they tried, and getting them to try is hard enough as it is. Nice work Mark! Note: Maybe they would write like this if they were not affraid of losing their jobs due to left wing editors at every stinking newspaper supressing the truth! Freedom of speech my A**!! But thank you. MS

  • Harry says:

    Hi, awesome writing, I like your style Mark! NOTE: Thanks, it is my own, and obviously not some left wing English teachers. MS

  • Augen lasern says:

    Hi Mark, I heard your blog in the 5 am radioshow on radioactive london, these people realized a show all-around blogs and web. Upon that show I hit the road to your stuff about Gun Sense # 19, Reason Letter for class A LTC. Awesome post buddy! It hits the point – Its very good to visit a single blogger out of a whole lot that I browse through, whom is aware of what he’s publishing about! Keep on your way mate! NOTE, You are in England and you ‘heard’ about my post on a radio show? Whats the dial number of the radio show? MS

  • Lyndon Stolarz says:

    This was a fantastic read. Awesome blog post Mark.

  • Crystal Maynard says:

    Hey, the information you write is very clean Mark. I’m very lucky to get this information from you. ;-) NOTE: By ‘clean’ do you mean not offensive? Im glad you like it, :) MS

  • nelly says:

    Looks like your getting famous Mark. I am so happy to see others commenting on your post. You give us good information in a matter of fact way. Your writing is very real which makes it unique. England “heard you” that is awesome. I know how much you have influenced me in your post and how much I have learned and been made aware of, I am happy to see that others are getting and accepting your messages. Again thank you for posting.

    Much respect, Nelly
    Thanks Nelly, your the best commentor Ive got, very blunt and truthful, I like that. As far as England goes, my site must be a real shocker to them where guns are banned! :) Mark

  • James Oldham says:

    A great experience dude! Thanks for this great article Mark, wow, it’s a very good post! ;-) NOTE: Thank you Jim. I guess excitement is in the mind of the reader, ;) MS

  • Hello. Great job Mark. I did not expect such a good blog. This is great information. Thanks! NOTE:Thank you. Show all your friends :) MS

  • Manuel Arquero says:

    Wonderful articles Mark, and a Great a site…. NOTE: Thank you, dont forget to show your friends. MS

  • Angela Wollin says:

    Keep posting stuff like this Mark, I truly like it. NOTE: I will try, thank you. MS

  • Crystal C. says:

    Hi There – I just want to say that I love your page Mark. NOTE: Thank you, invite your friends to take a look. MS

  • Link S. says:

    I just wanted to comment and say that I really enjoyed reading your blog post here Mark. It was very informative and I also digg the way you write! Keep it up and I’ll be back to read more in the future! NOTE: Come back soon, with friends…digg? MS

  • Violette Gravett says:

    You have a good sense of humor Mark. NOTE: A better description would be ‘black humor’, thanks, MS

  • Mercedes Cowns says:

    I Noticed your Webblog bookmarked on Reddit. I appreciate your web blog and the important information it contains, everyone interested in firearms safety should look and pass it on. Good work Mark! NOTE: Thank you Mercedes, MS

  • Casey says:

    With all the doggone weather we have gotten recently I am stuck indoors, fortunately there is the internet, thanks for giving me something to do Mark, good informaion. :) NOTE: You must really be bored to read this stuff, ha, Thank you Casey, MS

  • Susan D says:

    Really great informative blog post here and I just wanted to comment & and thank you for posting this Mark. I’ve bookmarked your blog and I’ll be back to read more in the future my friend! Also nice colors on the layout, it’s really easy on the eyes. NOTE: Thanks Susan, MS

  • Clarence says:

    Only wanted to say your article is very good Mark. The clearness in your post is really good, you say you have never been to college, that is hard to believe. You write as if you are an expert in this field. With your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with succeeding posts. Thanks a million and please keep up the accomplished work. NOTE: Sorry, only one person I let grab my rss feed… No I have not been to college, only the school of ‘hard knocks’, thanks, MS

  • Ray Elderidge says:

    Hey this is a good article Mark. Can I use a portion of it on my website ? I would obviously link to your post so people could read the full post if they wanted to. Thanks either way. NOTE, Feel free to do so, thanks, MS

  • John Thomas says:

    Hello ! Love your blog Mark !

  • JP Salas says:

    Thanks bro this is a big help

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