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    The number of Class A licenses for gun ownership grew from 9 to 29 percent last year in 10 area communities with the highest gains.

    CITY/TownChange in number
    of Class A licenses
    from 2012 to 2013
    Number
    of Class A licenses
    in 2013
    EVERETT29%831
    Winthrop17%721
    Rowley14%436
    Billerica12%2,439
    Dracut12%1,611
    Burlington12%1,182
    MEDFORD12%1,557
    Middleton11%554
    Chelmsford10%1,623
    Andover9%1,098
    North Andover9%947
    Tyngsborough9%756
    MELROSE9%969
    Topsfield9%507

    SOURCE: Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety and Security