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November 14, 2013

Local official's gun comment causes national fury

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SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. —

Those comments went viral, drawing the furry of gun rights and privacy advocates, prompting Greenfield yesterday to issue a written apology to the town:

“I have no interest in having our town seek out the ability to violate the Fourth Amendment and perform warrantless search and seizure of personal property. If anything I have said or written gave that impression, I apologize. My intention was simply to learn more about whether or not an existing law could be enforced within the strict boundaries of the Constitution.”

Greenfield said he previously decided not to run for another term, but he plans to stay on the board until next year's town election.

John Callahan, who serves as a selectman with Greenfield, said his colleague was a reasonable question, and the online response is unjustified.

“He put the idea out as a possibility,” said Callahan. “It turned from a simple question about applying a state law into a story about a town that wants to take everyone’s guns away.”

Jonathan Phelps writes for The Salem News.

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