January 10, 2017

Worcester gun dealer to end illegal sales, pay up to $35K

Attorney General Maura Healey has ordered a Worcester gun shop to bring gun sale policies in line with state laws.

The Gun Parlor Inc. in Worcester will pay up to $35,000 and bring its gun sale policies into compliance with state laws according to a settlement with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced late Monday.

Violations included 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, according to Healy.

Investigators also found 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.

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.

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.

Healey has cracked down on gun safety violations after sending a letter in December 2015 to the state's 350 gun dealers, reminding them of their obligations under state law and in July, she warned manufacturers and dealers that she would step up enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban.

A manager at The Gun Parlor declined to comment Tuesday morning.

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