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Taunton police chief directed to process gun permits

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  1. WAGCEVP

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    Taunton police chief directed to process gun permits

    By Terence J. Downing, Enterprise staff writer

    TAUNTON — The right to bear arms won a victory over budget cuts Tuesday with defense attorney and state Rep. James H. Fagan, D-Taunton, leading the charge.

    The City Council, reacting to a barrage of complaints, directed Police Chief Raymond L. O'Berg to resume issuing gun permits immediately.

    O'Berg said last week he was imposing a moratorium on new gun licenses because of budget cuts and lack of office staff.

    The department is now four months behind in processing permit applications, he said, and the clerks in the office will not accept new applications until the backlog is cleared.

    The moratorium went into effect July 1. People whose gun licenses are about to expire will have to transfer their guns to someone who has a current license, he said, so they will not be in violation of the law.

    O'Berg posted a sign in the police station lobby, and dozens of people have been complaining about the new policy.

    O'Berg said he lost a clerk due to budget cuts and the office is left with just two full-time clerks and one-part time clerk.

    "I have been contacted by several constituents concerning the suspension of issuing gun permits instituted by the police chief of our city," Fagan said. "Their concern, and mine, centers around their constitutional right to bear arms and the jeopardy they will be placed in if their permit expires and they still have weapons in their possession.

    "It places our citizens in the position of violating the law and no immediate remedy," he said. "The police have told me that the fees generated by the permitting process would more than pay for the salaries of the clerks necessary to carry out the task.

    "I urge you to reconsider this policy before a Taunton citizen is placed in criminal jeopardy with no recourse," he said.

    "I don't own a gun, but I believe in people's right to bear arms," said Councilor Thomas C. Hoye Jr.

    The council voted to have O'Berg appear at next week's meeting to explain his actions.

    "The law says the licenses shall be issued," said Councilor Charles Crowley.

    "It's state law," said Councilor Barry J. Amaral.

    Crowley said the problem is not a lack of funding, but a union dispute over who should do the work.

    Councilor Peter H. Corr said there are enough police officers on desk jobs in the station to help with the work.

    The council also directed O'Berg to make sure street lights stay lit in all off-street parking lots.

    O'Berg told the council earlier he had planned to turn off the lights in the parking lots as of Aug. 1 due to a lack of funds to pay the bill. He said he needed $19,944.

    But Crowley disputed the chief's figures and said there is sufficient funding to keep the lights on.

    O'Berg said his budget is facing other serious funding problems as well.

    "I do not have enough money to meet expenses," said O'Berg. "I have started cuts to reduce the projected deficit in other expenses. I am projecting a deficit of $80,000 even with the cuts."

    The records office at the police station is now closed to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
     
  2. Benjamin

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    Thanks, I hadn't seen this article.

    Somehow, after Captain Good, the quality of leadership has stagnated. :banghead:
     
  3. Mike Irwin

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    Where is Taunton?

    Massachusetts?

    Or in this case, Crassachusetts?
     
  4. Master Blaster

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    My concern is the UnConstitutional need for a permit, and the law requiring a permit to exersize a constitutional right.:fire:
     
  5. WAGCEVP

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    AMEN!, Masterblaster, AMEN!
     
  6. brownie0486

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    Benjamin:

    Capt. Good was no leader, he was thrown off that dept. for being a criminal if you would research the offenses he was found guilty of. As I remember it he was doing something illegal with a gun and a relative.

    I met him once off after he had been booted. Had quite the attitude with me on a detail I was at and had to tell him to buzz off. He made the threat then he would call his "friends" still left on the dept. to harrass me. After I explained that may not be his best choice with me and why, he backed off from the threatening gestures and verbal assault and tucked tail and ran away [ actually, he walked ].

    He's a jerk of the first order. So your comment that the dept has gone downhill after he was booted [ BTW--without his pension and benny's ]doesn't seem correct.

    I'm in Taunton every Thursday evening unless another is working for me.

    Brownie
     
  7. Peter Gun

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    Where is Taunton? Is it a secret?:)
     
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    Sounds more like a lack of adult supervision to me.
     
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    Taunton, Massachusetts

    Brownie
     
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    Sir,

    My comment was intended as tongue in cheek. I'm aware that Capt 'Good' was fired with cause.


    Taunton is in Massachusetts. 35-40 minutes south of Boston. Neighboring towns are Raynham, Berkley, Dighton.

    Taunton is also home to the Taunton Rifle and Pistol club, one of the nicer ranges in the area.
     
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    Benjamin:

    Taunton definately has one of the better outdoor ranges and their indoor range in Raynham is very nice. I get down there ocassionally myself and used to shoot in competition at the outdoor range years ago.

    I like their 300 yd highpower range, one of the longest around these parts.

    There is a great restaurant in that town named after you.

    Brownie
     
  12. clem

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    It appears that Chief. O'Berg might be "occupationally misplaced".:D
     
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    You got that right

    Semper Fi

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  14. Jeff White

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    Why is the police department responsible for paying the electric bill?

    Jeff
     
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    Jeff White:

    Thats a good question. My take on that chief is he steps outside his bounds quite frequently. That dept ahs had so many issues with bad cops and admin that they need to revamp the whole dept.

    It's an old mill town that has many drug/BG issues and the dept union has way too much clout. I picked up a nice gig every down there due to their being so unorganized in the dept.

    Brownie
     
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