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    Communities with highest increases in Class A licenses

    The number of Class A licenses for gun ownership grew by at least 12 percent last year in 10 area communities.

    CommunityIncrease in Class A
    firearms licenses,
    2012 to 2013
    Class A licenses held by residents, businesses in 2013
    Bedford17%600
    Dunstable17%259
    Stow16%461
    Bellingham15%1,032
    Carlisle15%270
    Ashland15%708
    Ayer13%365
    Franklin13%1,562
    Norfolk13%556
    Wrentham12%773

    SOURCE: Mass. Executive Office of Public Safety and Security