21 guns, a slew of charges for Easthampton man (MA)

21 guns, a slew of charges for Easthampton man (MA)

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    21 guns, a slew of charges for Easthampton man (MA)

    As featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette:

    21 guns, a slew of charges for Easthampton man

    By OWEN BOSS
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    Friday, June 26, 2009

    EASTHAMPTON - A Chestnut Street man was arraigned on multiple gun charges Thursday after police say they found 21 unregistered guns in his house.

    Jeffrey S. Parrish, 46, of 18 Chestnut St., pleaded innocent Thursday in Northampton District Court to 19 counts of possessing a firearm without a firearms identification card and two counts of possessing unregistered large-capacity firearms.

    According to court documents, on May 22, Parrish's wife went to the Public Safety Complex and told Officer Robert J. Pouska that she was returning from receiving a restraining order against her husband and wanted a police escort to gather some of her belongings. She also told Pouska that her husband had two safes in the house containing many unlicensed guns.

    At the home, according to police reports, she led the officers to a back bedroom and opened a closet containing two large gun safes. The first safe, which was a large steel gun safe with a combination lock, was left open, and police found many weapons and a variety of ammunition. The second safe, which was homemade and needed a key to open, was transported to the station to be opened and inventoried.

    In the second safe, among other weapons, police reportedly found a .30 caliber US M-1 semi-automatic carbine rifle and a Taurus 9 mm handgun, both of which are considered large-capacity firearms and carry a more severe punishment for unregistered possession.

    According to the state's Executive Office of Public Safety's Web site, possessing an unregistered large-capacity firearm is a felony, and conviction can result in up to two years in prison.

    At the station, police said Parrish was issued his wife's restraining order and was told his weapons would remain seized. He reportedly told police he had been living in Massachusetts for three years and never had the $100 to apply for his firearms identification card.

    Judge Richard J. Carey released Parrish on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court on July 24.

    Owen Boss can be reached at oboss@gazettenet.com.

    The story can be found at; http://www.gazettenet.com/story/237459

    - Janq

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    This is from my local newspaper.
    It is the third such story I've read of same/similar type results this year.
    Moron has unregistered/unlicensed firearm possession. Moron has a GF for the moment. Moron breaks up with GF. GF goes to the po-po and reports moron as having a whole bunch of guns hidden in the house, while there to secure a restraining order. GF takes cops home and invites them in where they run a house search and seizure. Moron goes to jail and perma-loses his firearms as well as his future 2A right s in MA, for life.
    Completely avoidable problems.

    Oh, and if you have a gun safe. Close the door and lock it!
    Leaving it door open converts it into nothing more than a show case.
    Duh. Moronic.

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    This is just sick and twisted.
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    O'Boy she srewed Him over. I would like to hear Their story. What did He do to her. I am very careful who I bring to My house. All legal but I don't need any hassel.

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    That is one low down,dirty,evil woman. Sounds like my ex-wife, a woman scorned....

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    ok, I'm confused. You have to register your guns in Massachusetts? it is a big deal to have a ".30 caliber US M-1 semi-automatic carbine rifle"? sure they shoot well but what are they going to think a much more powerfull one?

    when I started reading this I was thinking this was England. an out and out BAN on guns. tell me, Why would any one live in Massachusetts?
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    Anything with, or that can accept, a magazine with a capacity greater than 10 rounds requires an additional "endorsement" on your license in MA... and everything needs to be registered. On top of that, MA has a secure storage requirement, so the unlocked safe hurts the guy even more. If he had been living just over the border in NH, none of that would have happened.

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    I've got a dozen firearms with only one "registered" (NFA shotgun). The rest are just layin' there, not harming anyone.

    As it should be, I'm not branded "felon" by the people in my state for having them just lay there. There is no added-paperwork requirement in OR. Yet, in MA, this guy's going to be bent over the public barrel for "crimes" against the People, for some years to come. He's about to be statutorily branded "felon" for unlicensed firearms, despite having harmed no person.

    It's absolutely pathetic, how unnecessary it all is. Insane, IMO.
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    Dim wit three times.

    One for who he got for a girlfriend,

    Two for living in MA,

    Three, if he had to do the first two, any of the firearms could be sold for enough to get the stupid card.

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    This guy didn't have to worry about BG's he was living with one.

    They weren't guns with out serial numbers, just not registered with the state's "Gun Czar"...what a crock. This guy loses everything for doing something perfectly legal in many other states.

    Well, he knew the rules and chose to live there...idiot...not to mention his poor taste in women/friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    I've got a dozen firearms with only one "registered" (NFA shotgun). The rest are just layin' there, not harming anyone.

    As it should be, I'm not branded "felon" by the people in my state for having them just lay there. There is no added-paperwork requirement in OR. Yet, in MA, this guy's going to be bent over the public barrel for "crimes" against the People, for some years to come. He's about to be statutorily branded "felon" for unlicensed firearms, despite having harmed no person.

    It's absolutely pathetic, how unnecessary it all is. Insane, IMO.
    I agree something very wrong with being drag over the coals for owning a few guns and no history of harming or bothering others.

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    There are some states I would just never live in under any circumstances...
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    I think Jang got it right. You obey the laws of your state. It isn't entirely believable that he never had the 100 bucks to register those guns. You can't exactly afford 21 guns and two safes if you are in that dire circumstance.

    Please note, I'm not saying I think MA' laws are O.K., just that since he lived there he needed to follow them.

    As for the GF getting her revenge, who knows. It is all to frequent an occurrence to read about boy friends killing their former girlfriends. Did this guy have it in him? Who knows. That's the judge's business when he issues the restraining order. We weren't there to hear the testimony.

    I think the lady probably shouldn't have done what she did, but then it isn't my life on the line.

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    At the home, according to police reports, she led the officers to a back bedroom and opened a closet containing two large gun safes. The first safe, which was a large steel gun safe with a combination lock, was left open, and police found many weapons and a variety of ammunition. The second safe, which was homemade and needed a key to open, was transported to the station to be opened and inventoried.

    Sounds like illegal search and seizure to me. All because of a order of protection? That crap wouldnt fly here, but then we dont live in a socialist state...yet.

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    He'd better get himself a laywer.
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    Nope it wouldn't be an illegal search and siezure...it was her house also and she obviously invited them in.
    "At the home, according to police reports, she led the officers to a back bedroom and opened a closet containing two large gun safes."


    Well, for sure I do not agree at all with those overly restrictive and downright opressive gun regs BUT, the last time I checked no State in the U.S. chains you to a tree and forces you to live there.

    There may be reasons why it is prudent for you to reside there such as a job or family or the fact that the fishing is fantastic...so that means that you should learn the gun laws of that State and abide by them until you can get the heck out of there.
    And for sure don't leave yourself wide open to the whims of a vindictive and hateful spouse.

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    And she led him to secured property that was not hers. They took it, under what authority?

    One guns safe was open. That maybe fair game. The other was locked and they seized it assuming that something illegal was in it. They had no warrant for that.

    If they are still part of the United States, I'd bet that he gets his stuff back,unless he cant afford to hire a decent lawyer.Then he is at the mercy of court, which would mean that he is probably screwed due to the anti-gun environment there.

    Its a real pity that what is legal in most every state is illegal there.
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