Cambridge, MA– After a Cambridge man was charged with illegal possession of ammunition that he purchased last week at a Wilmington, MA gun show, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is working on a legislative proposal to push for stricter gun laws, CBS Boston reports.
Cambridge resident Brian Schwarztrauber attended a Wilmington gun show on Sunday March 3 and purchased 150 rounds of 9mm ammo without having a state license to carry. The Cambridge Police Department confirmed that Brian Schwarztrauber had never applied for a gun license in their department. After drawing police attention by alleged intoxication and disruptive behavior at the gun show, Schwarztrauber was arrested. The Cambridge Police searched his apartment and found additional ammo there. (The gun show vendor is also being charged for failing to follow regulations to check a person's firearms identification card before selling.)
Almost immediately after the incident, Ryan began her work on the proposal that would make it harder for unlicensed persons to obtain guns or ammunition.
Under current federal law, vendors selling products at gun shows are not required to do background checks on customers. As the vendors are technically private sellers at these shows, they can get away with not conducting background checks; the same applies to online gun sites like Armslist. District Attorney Ryan thinks there is a solution to this problem, and she plans to propose it sooner rather than later. Details of the gun control proposal are still unclear.
Ryan is not the only one that sees something wrong with the current gun laws in Massachusetts; Boston Police Commissioner William Gross has stated that gun sales in the state should be monitored more closely.
A Boston Police Officer by the name of Kurt Stokinger has stated that online sites like Armslist and local vendors that are not required to conduct background checks should change their ways. According to CBS Boston, Stokinger is currently suing the online gun site known as Armslist for allowing the sale of a gun that ended up in the hands of a felon who is accused of shooting Stokinger in the leg.
According to a spokesperson for Ryan, the District Attorney will be “looking across the regulations and statues to figure out where the gaps are. This includes looking at online sales to determine how best to address those gaps.” They went on to state that gun and ammunition sales should potentially be made through dealers instead of vendors that act as private sellers, as this would require background checks and current paperwork to be filled out with each gun purchase.