A friend of mine who lives across the river recently upgraded his gun permit, notoriously hard to get from the Boston Police Department, to be almost completely unrestricted. He can’t buy and carry a machine gun but otherwise he can walk around with a high-capacity pistol any time and more or less any place except some college campuses that ban guns.
How did he do it? “It turns out the legislators didn’t want their laws against gun ownership to apply to them. Nearly all of them are lawyers so they set it up so that if you have bar association card you can get an unrestricted permit. They thought it would look bad if they exempted only legislators.”