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星期一, 1月 09, 2017

WORCESTER GUN DEALER AGREES TO END ILLEGAL FIREARM SALES

WORCESTER GUN DEALER AGREES TO END ILLEGAL FIREARM SALES
‘The Gun Parlor’ Will No Longer Sell Handguns that are Prohibited Under Massachusetts Law

            BOSTON – A gun dealer in Worcester has agreed to bring its policies into compliance with state law and to pay up to $35,000 for selling handguns that are not listed on the state’s approved roster, and Glocks that do not meet Massachusetts safety regulations, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

“In Massachusetts, we rely on gun dealers to help ensure responsible gun ownership and use by following the law,” AG Healey said. “Today’s agreement requires this Worcester gun dealer to come into compliance with our firearm safety laws and regulations, and do its part to prevent access to unsafe and illegal weapons in our communities.”

During an investigation by the AG’s Office into the business practices of The Gun Parlor, Inc., various violations of state law were uncovered, including the sale of handguns manufactured by Glock that do not have a load indicator or magazine safety disconnect as required by handgun safety regulations, and the sale of firearms that have not met the statutory safety testing requirements to be listed on the state’s approved handgun roster.

The AG’s investigation also found that The Gun Parlor failed to provide legally mandated safety warnings to customers, did not properly verify that handguns sold to law enforcement and military personnel were being purchased for official duties, and sold handguns with a barrel length shorter than three inches to consumers without first providing disclosures required under state regulations about the potentially limited accuracy of such weapons.

Under the terms of today’s settlement, The Gun Parlor is required to pay $10,000 in attorney’s fees and costs associated with the investigation, along with an additional $25,000 in penalties for the illegal sale of Glock handguns, which will not be collected if The Gun Parlor complies with the settlement for two years. Moving forward, The Gun Parlor has agreed to end sales of handguns that are not permitted to be sold in Massachusetts, to accurately advertise its inventory online in order to avoid implying that illegal handguns are available, and to provide proper disclosures and safety warnings to customers before purchasing and operating a legal firearm.

Today’s settlement is one more step in AG Healey’s efforts to enhance gun safety and to assure compliance with Massachusetts gun laws and regulations. In December 2015, AG Healey sent a letter to all 350 state gun dealers reminding them of their obligations under state law. Last year, she led a multi-state efforturging Congress to lift the ban on gun-violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and is working with medical professionals to help develop resources for physicians to aid conversations with their patients about guns in the home.

Last July, AG Healey issued a notice to gun manufacturers and licensed dealers in Massachusetts, warning that her office is stepping up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, including a crackdown on new sales of copycat weaponsSince then, illegal sales of assault weapons have stopped in the state.

The Gun Parlor matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Gary Klein of AG Healey’s Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau and Assistant Attorney General Samantha Shusterman of AG Healey’s Consumer Protection Division, with the assistance of David Bolcome and Colleen Frost of AG Healey’s Civil Investigations Division.