Boston Police Say Residents Do Not ‘Need’ to Own Shotguns, Rifles

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans tells Boston Public Radio (WGBH) that residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles.

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Boston, MA –-(Ammoland.com)- Residents of Boston do not need shotguns or rifles, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans.

Boston's top cop made that statement Wednesday on Boston Public Radio in response to Massachusetts state senator Stan Rosenberg's position that there are already “sufficient controls” on long guns at the federal level, giving no need for new state laws that grant police additional powers to deny ownership to citizens.

http://cpa.ds.npr.org/demowgbh/audio/2014/07/20140723_NOON-2.mp3

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.

Police have been urging lawmakers in Boston to restore a provision to a gun bill allowing them to deny someone a license to own a rifle or shotgun even if the person passes a background check.

The Massachusetts House voted to give police those powers, but the senate later stripped that section out of the bill. Lawmakers are now expected to attend a conference committee, where the dispute could kill the bill altogether

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Photo Credit: Boston Police.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Photo Credit: Boston Police.

H/T Homeland Review

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    Robert

    If he is an elected chief he needs to be recalled and sent packing with out a retirement. He took an oath to uphold the law and Boston is in a state that sells hunting lic, I hope the people that live there wake up before they loose there rights completely. My pickup would be packed and my family would be moving. I am glad I have lived all my life in a FLY over state that still believes in the constitution. please people wakeup,

    Robert
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    Robert

    Does nobody in Boston have the right to hunt. Are there no one left there that could feed his family if Walmart closes its doors. The need for a shotgun and a hunting rifle isn’t just about self defense. Ma. hunting Hunting license is
    $27.50 and Trapping Licenses is $35.50 am I wrong is Boston not in Ma. ? Where does he have a say in who can hunt and who cant by there address?

    Kyle
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    Kyle

    I’ve been trying to my permit to carry for 2 months. Thanks to idiots like John McDonough and tyrant Bill Evans I cann legally carry. I live in dorchester so no carry. If I lived in quincy or weymouth I probably would be able to carry. What can be done to get things changed? 200 years ago we fought to get rid of tyrants like these morons. Fire em impeach them get the laws corrected. We need to change what these halfwits have created.

    Greg
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    Greg

    Ask this question. Will every officer, in every city, clean out their home of guns? Hell no they won’t. This is
    another bullshit liberal telling free Americans to do as I say, not as I do. Here is what I have to say to this
    issue, and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Kiss my ass, and stop stepping on, and disrespecting , the Constitution of the United States. I’m sure Russia has a job for you if you ask.

    Miles Weaver
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    Miles Weaver

    This guy really is a Barney Fife look alike? And just about as smart.

    Ebola-Bundibugyo
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    Ebola-Bundibugyo

    Does anyone even take this guy seriously? I can’t imagine sitting across the table from him and not having problems taking him seriously.

    His attitude about private firearm ownership is becoming more and more outdated, as the supreme court continues to return the Second amendment to it’s full meaning.

    Sounds like he’s, desperately, trying to remain relevant.

    Nam Marine
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    Nam Marine

    I will carry what I damn well please in my own
    home !

    Keith
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    Keith

    I think if the Commissioner looks back into the Boston law books, he will find that there is still a law on the books that says it is illegal for anyone to cross the Boston Commons WITHOUT a shotgun. (historical trivia really puts a wrench in the works occasionally, huh?)

    Dr Dave
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    Dr Dave

    @PA Constable since when does the PA Constabulary require annual weapon proficiency exams to carry a weapon? The LEO weapon act of 2004 is for officers from jurisdictions that require annual proficiency exams and can prove they passed the exam to carry nationally. When I left PA many years ago atleast the constabulary did not require such exams therefore is a participant in the bill’s blanket authority. Things might have changed Dr Dave

    oldshooter
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    oldshooter

    Oh, how far has Boston fallen! From the days of old, when that once great city was a hotbed of revolutionaries willing to give their lives, fortunes, and swear on their “sacred honor” to defend their city and its inhabitants, against those who would disarm them, or force them to humble themselves before an oppressive government, they have BECOME that oppressive government. Oh how Boston has changed in little more than 200 years! Today her citizens should be ashamed to cower beneath their beds, “sheltering in place,” at the orders of their overlords, when once they would have taken the… Read more »

    askeptic
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    askeptic

    Note to Bill Evans:
    The Constitution ain’t about ‘needs’.

    Watchdogman
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    Watchdogman

    Of course you still need long guns in Boston. They still burn witches, even in Boston, citizens cannot make up their minds whether or not to join the U. S. They are still considering staying loyal to King George and most of them are drunks from my experiences while I had to be in that lousy city…Oh, and in the Boston Commons, keep an eye out for fornicators doing it in plain sight and completely naked. True! I have seen such behavior..This cop looks like a product of such a coupling actually!!!

    Bob Shell
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    Bob Shell

    Hmmm Didn’t Hitler say that to the Jews?

    Carpathian
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    Carpathian

    It appears that this Barney Fife wannabe has some twisted ideas. We have become a country where common sense is an uncommon virtue — a museum piece. No one “needs” a Ferrari that can travel at 120mph. No one “needs” toasters with four slots. And no one “needs” a 70 inch Television. IT’S A MATTER OF WANTING SOMETHING AND WILLING TO PAY FOR IT. Does John Kerry “Need” a yacht? He could just stay home and watch his shows on his iPhone. Mr. Justice Hugo Black stated on a CBS interview that he lamented that we have become a nation… Read more »

    Kevin
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    Kevin

    Another worthless bureaucrat trying to make a change. Looks like too much radiation or anorexia has effected his faculties.

    DrSique
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    DrSique

    And, where exactly does Fire Marshall Bill think that he gets the “authority” to tell anyone what they can own and how they can defend themselves??!!!! Did this moron even bother to read the Constitution, before swearing an oath to it??? Seems to me that Boston is where Americans were told to cower in their own homes and wait for men with guns to come around and search for terror suspects, following the Boston Marathon Bombing. If the Tsarnaevs had shown up at my house, they would have suffered a severe case of buckshot infection. We need to end these… Read more »

    Darren
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    Darren

    What we don’t need are militarized police forces occupying our cities. Arm the people, disarm the govt.

    Pa Constable Lockhart
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    Pa Constable Lockhart

    What a idiot this ” So Called Police Commissioner” is. I’m a Law Enforcement Officer and when it comes to ” MY GUNS” nobody is going to tell me what i can own, where i want to take them, nor where i reside to have them. Also i don’t need a permit to carry, i can in all 50 state, ( LEO safety act of 2004 ) It makes me sick of what’s going on in our country about guns. I guess just some people believe they are above the law and can do whatever they want,,,wake up LEO

    Chris
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    Chris

    Last time I checked, it was a Bill of RIGHTS, not a Bill of “Needs”! What a traitor to The Constitution!

    RDNK
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    RDNK

    That pissant looks like a dick with ears !

    Just fun
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    Just fun

    so that is where quark ended up after DS9

    bob
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    bob

    Idiot looks like a bad guy from Batman, lol
    Such a shame he likes to piss on his oath and the Constitution:(