BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts has seen a sharp climb in the issuance of gun licenses in recent years.
The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/T8RLiH ) reports that firearms permits statewide have climbed by more than one-third over the past five years.
In some communities, the number of permits has doubled during that period. The city of Boston has seen a 60 percent increase in the number of gun licenses.
Massachusetts has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, including a ban on some types of military-style assault weapons.
Local police departments are responsible for issuing firearms licenses to applicants who pass a background check and complete a certified safety course.
State Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, said some of the standards for issuing licenses may be too lax, and he's calling for a review.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe