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Firearm Permits Surge, Police Eye Bow-Hunting

| January 16, 2014

Firearm Permits

Police Chief Richard Wells Jr. informed Selectmen that applications for firearms permits in Milton have increased by 300 percent in the past five years, with the actual numbers surging from 88 in 2012 to more than 300 in the past year. “This is something that’s going on everywhere…. I don’t see this going away,” said Wells on Jan. 7 during his quarterly report to selectmen. Requests for firearms’ permits are skyrocketing nationally and statewide, according to Wells who cited the national debate over gun control and the tragic incidents of gun violence across the nation as major factors in the increase. “The numbers are so high statewide that … .” … For more subscribe to our e-edition.


Deer and Duck Hunting

Wells did seek action from Selectmen regarding hunting and new restrictions on another type of weapon, the bow and arrow. While hunting with firearms is prohibited in Milton, hunting with bows and arrows is not, and Wells asked Selectmen to enact more regulations. “Bow hunting, however, is a growing issue. Currently, we have private property owners allowing bow-hunting on Harland Street, Hillside Street, Green Street and Adams Hill… .” noted Wells in his report. Wells said the deer population is flourishing in Milton’s woods and attracting serious hunters, “They’re coming from everywhere. We’re going to … .” … For more subscribe to our e-edition.

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