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Permits for guns climb in Mass.

The number of firearms ­licenses issued in Massachusetts has climbed by more than one-third in the past five years, a marked shift in a state known for its antigun reputation.

Since 2007, the number of Class A permits — the largest and least restrictive category that ­allows possession of all ­legal handguns, rifles, and shotguns — has risen to nearly 260,000, the latest state records show, a 36 percent jump that extends from cities to bedroom communities to small towns.

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