On July 23, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told Boston Public Radio (WGBH) that residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles.
He said these things in response to Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg’s (D) position that there are already “sufficient controls” on long guns at the federal level and, therefore, no need for new state laws giving police additional powers to deny ownership to citizens.
According to WGBH, Evans responded:
I don’t agree with that. Having long guns–rifles and shotguns–especially here in the city of Boston. I think we should have, as the local authority, some say in the matter. [And] the federal [government] doesn’t really allow us to have the discretion that we want in these particular cases.
…For the most part, nobody in the city needs a shotgun. Nobody needs a rifle.
Evans went on to restate his position that he ultimately wants to have “discretion” over who is allowed to have a shotgun or rifle.
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