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Leaders in a Massachusetts city are facing outrage after introducing a law that would require residents to write “an essay” explaining to the state why they want an unrestricted handgun license.

The new directive is rolling out this week in Lowell, a city about 35 miles north of Boston.

In addition to the letter, applicants would have to pay more than $1,000 for their own training, Fox and Friends reports.

The policy was advocated by Police Superintendent William Taylor and passed by the City Council. According to FoxNews.com, Taylor “has sole discretion for approving or denying the applications.”

Second Amendment defendants, however, aren’t going down with a fight.

“I will never write an essay to get my rights as an American citizen,” resident Dan Gannon reportedly told the City Council.

Jim Wallace, executive director of Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, also weighed in, saying, “We already have a very strict set of gun laws in the state, but this is way over the top.”

“It is absurd that people should have to write an essay to the town to explain why they should be able to exercise their constitutional rights,” he added.

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