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January 23, 2013

Coping with the new gun law


“Everybody wants one,” she said. 

“We’ve got the same thing, and they’re driving me crazy,” laughed Nancy McLean, the pistol-permit clerk in the Essex County Clerk’s Office.


She said her agency has had many calls and plenty of people dropping in to amend their permits and find some answers.

“They’re asking questions about the new law and how we interpret it, and applications have been flying out the window,” she said.

“We’ve been telling people as soon as things settle down and we have an interpretation of the law, we’ll be putting it in the newspapers, on the radio and on TV to let them know,” McLean said.

Cassavaw said his office processes the permit applications in Franklin County, but State Police conduct the background checks on potential owners and those re-certifying, giving them additional work.

“It’s really preliminary of what our obligation will be,” he said. “But apparently, it’s another unfunded mandate.”

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