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Gun licenses on the rise, as state considers changes in gun laws

The number of residents holding gun licenses in communities west of Boston climbed last year, continuing a long-term trend, as the state considers stricter laws that would give police chiefs more power to deny licenses to people.

Police chiefs say the surge in licenses is driven by a fear that changes in state and federal laws are coming that will make it more difficult to obtain a license.

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