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5 Investigates tests ammunition sellers

5 Investigates tests ammunition sellers


GO ONLINE AND BY HUNDREDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION WITHOUT A PROPER LICENSE. REPORTER MASSACHUSETTS IS HOME TO SOME OF THE TOUGHEST GUN AND AMMUNITION LAWS IN THE COUNTRY. BUT WITHIN MINUTES, FIVE INVESTIGATES WAS ABLE TO BUY HUNDREDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMO ONLINE FROM CONNECTICUT-BASED TARGET SPORTS USA. WE WERE NEVER ASKED FOR A FIREARMS ID OR A LICENSE TO CARRY, WHI ARE REQUIRED BY LAW. DAYS LATER, THE AMMO FROM THE QUESTIONABLE DEAL DELIVERED TO OUR DOOR.>>IT’S ALARMING. REPORTER ALARMIG, BECAUSE IN OUR PURCHASE, ANYONE WITH A CREDIT CARD COULD HAVE GOTTEN THEIR HANDS ON THE AMMUNITION. NOT ONLY DO RESIDENTS HERE HAVE TO BE OF AGE AND HAVE THE PROPER LICENSE, BUT THE COMPANIES ALSO HAVE TO BE LICENSED IN THE STATE TO SELL IT. THE ONLINE SELLER WE USED, CONNECTICUT-BASED TARGET SPORTS USA, IS NOT LICENSED IN MASSACHUSETTS.>>WE WILL FOLLOW UP ON AN REVIEW THE MATTERS THAT YOU BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION. REPORTER ATTORNEY GENERAL MARA HEALY TOLD FIVE INVESTIGATES THAT THE STAKES ARE HIGH. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THOSE WHO ARE VIOLATING THE LAW HELD ACCOUNTABLE, AND THAT WE DON’T HAVE ILLEGAL SALES OF AMMUNITION INTO THE STATE. WE DON’T WANT TO SEE PEOPLE STOCKPILING AMMUNITION ILLEGALLY AND UNLAWFULLY HERE. REPORTER: THE ISSUE WAS IN THE STATES CROSSHAIRS IN 2003 15 ONLINE AMMUNITION COMPANIES WERE SUED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. THOSE CASES WERE SETTLED, AND THE COMPANIE FINED. FIVE INVESTIGATES CHECKED IN WITH A FEW TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN’T MAKE ILLEGAL SALES AGAIN.>>DO YOU SHIP TO MASSACHUSETTS? YOU DO NOT. REPORTER: NO DEAL FOR SOME, BUT OTHERS WERE WILLING TO DO BUSINESS IF WE SEND OUR F ID CARD OR LICENSED TO CARRY. WHEN WE CALLED TARGET SPORTS USA — DO I NEED THE F ID CARD? YOU DON’T REQUIRE ANYTHING? OK. THANK YOU. I THINK JUST FROM A BUSINESS DECISION, THEY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THEY SHOULD — WHERE THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHIP AMMUNITION. REPORTER: THE HEAD THE BOSTON FIELD AMMUNITIONS SAYS THIS IS A CONCERNING ISSUE, A STATE ISSUE.>>AT A FEDERAL LEVEL, WE DON’T MONITOR OR HAVE ANY CONCERNS OF HOW MUCH OR HOW MUCH YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE, OR HOW MUCH YOU ARE SHIPPING. REPORTER TARGET SPORTS USA INITIALLY CLAIMS THEIR SYSTEM WAS SET UP TO BLOCK MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WITHOUT A PROPER FIREARMS LICENSE, AND SAID IT IS POSSIBLE SOME ACCOUNTS SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS. WHEN WE POINTED OUT THE WEBSITE STARTED ASKING FOR A FIREARMS LICENSE ONLY AFTER WE TOLD THEM


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