State Police: Traffic stop reveals arsenal of weapons, ammuniti...

There are 20 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Mar 6, 2009, titled State Police: Traffic stop reveals arsenal of weapons, ammuniti.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

State Police from the Leominster barrack discovered an arsenal of weapons and ammunition in a Connecticut teenager's truck Thursday morning after pulling him over on Interstate 495 in Bolton for a routine ...

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#1 Mar 6, 2009
Maybe he was preparing to go postal if they played the Macarena at the wedding?
Marie P

Lexington, MA

#3 Mar 6, 2009
Holy cow!! That's a nice size arsenal he has there...I think they need to find out the name of the gunshop that sold to him without him having a license to carry...Guys like this give responsible gun owners a bad name...
Cynthia

Newton Upper Falls, MA

#4 Mar 6, 2009
Was that a shotgun wedding that he was attending?
Betty

Concord, MA

#5 Mar 6, 2009
The fact that he was wearing body armor implies that he was prepared to use the weapons immediately.
Thankfully, he did not use one on the officer.
LCC

Gloucester, MA

#6 Mar 6, 2009
because he was WHITE,it seems they treated him so nice,it looks like he was going to use it on someone but if he was of a nother race it would be a different story....
Bob the Builder

Providence, RI

#7 Mar 6, 2009
I think theres more going on here than the story would lead us to believe. This is MA and the anti-gun bias is at play here and this situation illustrates that very well.

The guns had trigger locks which means they were being transported legally. A permit is not required to buy or possess these firearms or a vest in either CT or ME. He would be covered under a federal transport law (FOPA) provided that he was transporting them properly stored (was he?). A pickup truck does not have a trunk that can be locked...this is a but of a gray area in the law (trigger locks should be OK tho).

Having high capacity feeding devices is only a problem if the devices were made after 1994 (pre AW ban) and only in MA. Its very possible that he had pre ban magazines and the cops don't know the difference. Its also possible that federal transport law covers transporting these magazines thru MA (I am not a lawyer).

Its not illegal to carry a knife. Having a 50 cal shell in your pocket is a sort of a "novelty" item and I doubt any judge would charge him for that (not even sure if its illegal).

A bushmaster rifles and shotguns are very popular. Transporting them in your vehicle does not mean one is about to go postal. It probably means one is about to go visit the shooting range. Every hunting season these very same firearms come out of storage to hunt game.

When all is said and done the moving violation and the brass knuckles may be what gets this guy into trouble. This guy is going to spend thousands of $$ in legal costs to defend himself against charges that will likely be thrown out.
Legend

Fitchburg, MA

#8 Mar 6, 2009
LCC wrote:
because he was WHITE,it seems they treated him so nice,it looks like he was going to use it on someone but if he was of a nother race it would be a different story....
Hopefully he was going to use it on a PR drug dealer.. The Judges do nothing about those animals so somebody's gotta do it!!!! Thank god he was white, if it was minority he would have shot at the cops..
just a thought

Belmont, MA

#9 Mar 6, 2009
I agree with Bob the builder. doesn't look like much to me. with a good lawyer he will walk. remember people Mass is very strict with gun laws CT NH ME are not, I know my collection makes that look like nothing, and guess what its all legal. great job by the police but lets not make a big deal out of nothing when something bigger is going on.
WHAT ABOUT US

Windham, NH

#10 Mar 6, 2009
Betty wrote:
The fact that he was wearing body armor implies that he was prepared to use the weapons immediately.
Thankfully, he did not use one on the officer.
Pay attention...
They found body armor in his car. He wasn't wearing it.
pos

AOL

#11 Mar 6, 2009
Please,, don't say he may have shot a PR or a black man,,, would mean 2 dozen more would sprout.
type slower

Holden, MA

#12 Mar 6, 2009
LCC wrote:
because he was WHITE,it seems they treated him so nice,it looks like he was going to use it on someone but if he was of a nother race it would be a different story....
Hmmm...making assumptions based on race. RACIST.

Since: Nov 08

Randolph, MA

#13 Mar 6, 2009
i agree with bob the builder MA is way strict about its gun laws. Any of the neighboring states NH, CT, ME, VT are very different. He might not have known the rules at all for MA. I don't see what the big deal is about owning guns anyway. (assuming you are mentally stable) If everyone owned them, I think people would use them on each other less..... Just an opinion.
Hawk

Fitchburg, MA

#14 Mar 6, 2009
I'm afraid there is no defense for this and excusing it along the lines of "oh well, they're leagl firearms etc. shows your ignorance concerning handling Weapons.

""Trooper Bellao observed ammunition and a couple of loose rounds in the vehicle as he spoke with the suspect," Lt. Michael Conti said during a news conference at the State Police Barracks in Leominster on Thursday morning.

Bellao searched the car for additional ammunition and weapons after Huizinga said that he did not have a license to carry firearms. Huizinga told police that he purchased the weapons on his 18th birthday from a gun store in Connecticut."

There IS NO DEFENSE FOR THIS!
Marie P

Lexington, MA

#15 Mar 6, 2009
Thanks for the info Bob...I didn't realize that you didn't need a permit to buy in CT...If that's the case, then he really didn't do too much illegally. So the fact that he was driving through MA is the reason why he could be in so much trouble? I'm sure they will look into all of his story and make sure its on the up and up. Who knows, he could have bought that stuff in MA and was going to keep it in MA. The sentinel probably won't keep us up on this story, so we'll probably never know the outcome anyhow.
Bob the Builder wrote:
I think theres more going on here than the story would lead us to believe. This is MA and the anti-gun bias is at play here and this situation illustrates that very well.
The guns had trigger locks which means they were being transported legally. A permit is not required to buy or possess these firearms or a vest in either CT or ME. He would be covered under a federal transport law (FOPA) provided that he was transporting them properly stored (was he?). A pickup truck does not have a trunk that can be locked...this is a but of a gray area in the law (trigger locks should be OK tho).
Having high capacity feeding devices is only a problem if the devices were made after 1994 (pre AW ban) and only in MA. Its very possible that he had pre ban magazines and the cops don't know the difference. Its also possible that federal transport law covers transporting these magazines thru MA (I am not a lawyer).
Its not illegal to carry a knife. Having a 50 cal shell in your pocket is a sort of a "novelty" item and I doubt any judge would charge him for that (not even sure if its illegal).
A bushmaster rifles and shotguns are very popular. Transporting them in your vehicle does not mean one is about to go postal. It probably means one is about to go visit the shooting range. Every hunting season these very same firearms come out of storage to hunt game.
When all is said and done the moving violation and the brass knuckles may be what gets this guy into trouble. This guy is going to spend thousands of $$ in legal costs to defend himself against charges that will likely be thrown out.
truth

Brookline, MA

#16 Mar 6, 2009
omg!!!! he had guns!!!! the horror!!!!!!!!
Hang him for exercising his 2nd amendment. I'm a stupid idiot from Massachusetts! Some of you people make me sick.
Frustrated

AOL

#17 Mar 6, 2009
He was stopped for failure to stay within marked lanes. The oldest state police trick in the book. Was he charged with driving while intoxicated? Was he charged with driving to endanger (falling asleep)? He more than likely was pulled over for being a kid in a shabby pick up, profiling isn't exclusive to other races.
Bob the Builder

Providence, RI

#18 Mar 6, 2009
Handguns are different in CT. Generally speaking the law does not restrict your right to own an long gun (shotgun or rifle) some states require permits like MA.

MA laws are strange in that the capacity of the guns magazine determines what type of license you need. Its referred to as large capacity (10 rounds) vs non large capacity. You need a class A license to have a gun that can accept a large capacity magazine or feeding device.

MA has yet another twist. The federal assult weapons ban expired in most other states. In MA they decided to pass their own version of it. It is VERY easy to accidently get something that violates the MA AWB and is still perfectly legal in ALL the other NE states. As this fellow is finding out.

To add even more confusion there are pre-ban feeding devices that are legal to have in MA because they were manufactured before the AWB was in effect. I could show you two magazines that each hold 20 rounds one would be legal and one not....unless you know exactly how to tell you could wind up in jail. I bet 90% of all police officers do not know the difference.

The entire assult weapons ban was not very well thought out and does nothing to prevent crime. Think about it....is a crackhead gonna shell out $1200 to knock over a quickie mart for $50? All it does is trick law abiding gun owners into doing something illegal.
Marie P wrote:
Thanks for the info Bob...I didn't realize that you didn't need a permit to buy in CT...If that's the case, then he really didn't do too much illegally. So the fact that he was driving through MA is the reason why he could be in so much trouble? I'm sure they will look into all of his story and make sure its on the up and up. Who knows, he could have bought that stuff in MA and was going to keep it in MA. The sentinel probably won't keep us up on this story, so we'll probably never know the outcome anyhow.
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Holden, MA

#19 Mar 6, 2009
truth wrote:
omg!!!! he had guns!!!! the horror!!!!!!!!
Hang him for exercising his 2nd amendment. I'm a stupid idiot from Massachusetts! Some of you people make me sick.
He didn't have a license to carry. Do you not believe that people should have licenses?

I took a safety course and had a full background check before getting my LTC and I'm glad that kind of measure is taken. We also learned that there are proper ways to cross state lines with firearms.

Of course there are morons like this (the teenager & the 'gun store in CT') who clearly BREAK THE LAW and there will always be illegal gun carriers. That doesn't mean that it is right.

He should have been a responsible adult and obtained a license.
Blackhawk35440

Redford, MI

#20 Mar 6, 2009
"He didn't have a license to carry. Do you not believe that people should have licenses? "

As far as I know, there is only one state that issues carry licenses for long guns, and it sure aint MA. He did nothing wrong, except drive poorly
Bob the Builder

Providence, RI

#21 Mar 6, 2009
It is not against the law to be 18 of sound mind, with no firearms disqualifiers, not under the influence, buy a shotgun in CT without a permit, put a trigger lock on it, and then drive thru MA to ME. AGAIN THIS IS NOT AGAINST THE LAW!!!!!

You run into problems when you bring high capacity post ban magazines into the state...
type slower wrote:
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Of course there are **** like this (the teenager & the 'gun store in CT') who clearly BREAK THE LAW and there will always be illegal gun carriers. That doesn't mean that it is right.
He should have been a responsible adult and obtained a license.

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