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Massachusetts Police Seize Guns & Shells From 65-Year-Old For Improper Storage

April 19, 2017

The Cohasset Police Department in Massachusetts seized 98 firearms and a number of shells from a home on Doane Street after a complaint was reported that the arsenal was being stored improperly. A search warrant was issued and the confiscation included numerous vintage long arms including Mauser bolt-action rifles, lever-action Winchesters, a Browning Auto 5 semi-auto shotgun and assorted other firearms piled in the bed of a pickup truck.

The case is still under investigation, however a local media reported that five “military grade ordnance shells” were transferred to the custody of a Navy unit from Naval Station Newport after being cleared by the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. The unidentified 65-year-old man who owned the firearms had a license but he apparently violated state safe storage laws by not having his guns secured.

“Charges are imminent,” Cohasset Chief Bill Quigley said. “It’s just a matter of how many offenses he is charged with.”

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The shells may have come from the nearby Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot Annex which closed in 1962. Massachusetts is the only state that requires all firearms be stored with a locking device in place, barring keeping any firearm unless it is secured in a locked container or equipped with a lock, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

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