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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

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