The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is handing out stiff fines to gun shops that don’t follow the state’s broad gun control policies. Attorney General Maura Healey has enacted stiff gun control measures statewide in the name of consumer safety.
The Worcester-based shop, the Gun Parlor, Inc., agreed to change their store policy and pay an immediate $10,000 fine. The shop faces up to $35,000 in fines if they don’t comply with the state’s policy for the next two years. Additionally, the Gun Parlor must pay for the cost of the investigation.
“In Massachusetts, we rely on gun dealers to help ensure responsible gun ownership and use by following the law,” said Healey in a public announcement. “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.”
“Today’s settlement is one more step in A.G. Healey’s efforts to enhance gun safety and to assure compliance with Massachusetts gun laws and regulations,” said the announcement. “Last year, she led a multi-state effort urging 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.”
The “consumer safety” regulations require that all newly-made handguns have a loaded safety indicator and magazine disconnect safety. Handguns must have manual safeties or trigger pulls in excess of 10 pounds. Guns must pass safety testing requirements as well and be on a roster of approved firearms. Gun stores in Massachusetts must also provide buyers safety disclosures about guns. These safety disclosures include warning potential buyers that guns with short barrels may be less accurate.
As of 2004, Massachusetts banned the sale of all Glock pistols to consumers due to the design’s lack of a magazine safety disconnect and loaded chamber indicator. Only select personnel such as law enforcement may purchase Glock products.
These restrictions do little to make gun owners safer and the Gun Parlor sees them as a way to hassle gun store owners and limit consumer options.
“This yet [sic] another gun-grabbing scheme is [sic] carefully crafted to put gun stores and FFLs out of business and hurt them and their families through financial duress,” said the Gun Parlor. The shop is asking for help via crowdsourcing to pay their fines.
Healey has been working hard to restrict gun sales and limit gun ownership in Massachusetts. Healey recently expanded the state’s “assault weapons” ban and has filed investigations targeting manufacturers including Glock and Remington.
“Last July, A.G. 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 weapons,” said the office. “Since then, illegal sales of assault weapons have stopped in the state.”