Police not seizing firearms, public safety commissioner says

Despite rumors to the contrary, state police have made no effort to go door-to-door and confiscate firearms in the wake of the new laws banning certain assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, according to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dora B. Schriro.

Schriro sent a letter to state legislators on Friday to ease concerns of some who had been hearing from their constituents.

"This law will be enforced by state law enforcement in the same manner and using the same discretion as would apply to every other criminal law," Schriro wrote.

More than 200 people who tried to register their assault-style guns or declare ownership of high-capacity magazines but missed the Jan. 1 deadline started getting rejection letters last month.

The letter informs the applicant that their paperwork was not submitted in time and outlines options for the now illegal firearms and magazines: Render the weapon or magazine permanently inoperable, sell it to a licensed gun dealer, remove it from the state or make arrangements to hand it over to local or state police.


Loading comments...
Hide Comments

Stories that may interest you

News groups fight to keep Harvey Weinstein's hearing open

News organizations are going to court in hopes of pulling back the curtain on Harvey Weinstein's next court appearance in his sexual assault case

Offshore wind developers to invest $4.5M in Rhode Island

The developers of a new offshore wind farm are investing $4.5 million in Rhode Island to advance the industry in the state

Lawyer for driver in shooting involving Hamden, Yale police says officers fired without warning

The lawyer for the driver whose car was fired upon by Hamden and Yale officers last week is waiting for police dashcam and body camera footage to complete the picture, but he said Monday it looks like police opened fire without provocation.

Teen charged with assault leaps from Boston courthouse balcony

Massachusetts State Police are investigating after a teenager suffered severe injuries after apparently leaping from the fourth-floor interior balcony at a Boston courthouse