i was hoping you'd jump on that :-)
Sorry, I'm playing catch-up.
Gun laws in Massachusetts are ridiculous. You have to have your gun under your personal control (that means strapped to your body) in order to 'carry' it. You can't have a gun read to go in your home, because - well, it's for 'the children', don'tcha know. So, robber, while you're sneaking up my stairs after you've broken into my home, please, could you wait just a minute while I fumble (in the dark) with the combination to my safe and get my gun out :roll:
Then there's the game that's played by the various town police chiefs who have the ultimate control over whether or not you get your concealed carry permit - I could go on and on.
Sounds to me as though it is much easier to be a gun owner in California than here in the bluest of the blue states.