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No Gun Licenses for Marathon Bombers

Brainstrained Wrote: Apr 22, 2013 11:30 AM
Registration of a legally purchased firearm has been a requirement since I can remember, and that is a long time, here in PA. It helps in recovering lost or stolen firearms. We have a lot of hunting cabins and sportsmen in our area that have been burglarized or robbed. There are a lot of concealed/carry firearms, also and they are usually stolen from the vehicles. So it pays to have them registered in some form to trace the serial number, unless you don't want them found in the first place, the choice is up to you. Insurance is a good reason if you have a lot of 'heirloom' or antique firearms.

The AP reports that the men who detonated explosives to kill innocents at the Boston Marathons and later engaged in a shoot-out with police (after shooting an MIT security guard execution-style) didn't have gun permits, according to Massachusetts state police. 

But wait a minute.  I thought a rigorous system for regulating gun permits was supposed to prevent gun violence (that's what Massachusetts state officials insisted upon passing the nation's toughest gun laws back in 1998).  

It's almost as if the Tsarnaev brothers -- terrorists, murderers, carjackers -- had no respect for the (gun) laws . . .