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Florida Man Accidentally Discharges Gun While Cleaning It In Brick Kiln Road Apartment

The following information was supplied by the Chelmsford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Oct. 23, 11:32 a.m. – A woman on Stillwater Drive reported a suspicious call from a telemarketer saying she needed a security system.

She was particularly disturbed since her purse was recently stolen.

An officer dispatched to talk to the woman advised that the woman enter her name on the Do Not Call registry and ignore further calls from that number in the meantime.


Oct. 23, 9:31 p.m. – A man from Florida now living on Brick Kiln Road called police after his firearm accidentally discharged while he was cleaning it. Although he thought the gun was unloaded, there was still a round in the chamber that ricocheted into a mirror.

The man told the officers that he is a government employee and thought his Florida firearms license was good in Massachusetts, which the officers dispatched to the call tell him is incorrect.

From there, the firearm and related magazines owned by the man were seized, and the officers advised that the firearm would be held at the station until he obtained a Massachusetts license. 

Nov. 6, 1:46 p.m. – A couple on Dalton Road came to the Police station to report their neighbor was dumping leaves, logs and rocks on their lawn.

The officer they talked to said he would ask the neighbor to stop.

Iron Mike November 20, 2013 at 06:15 AM
Kind of makes me wonder what part of 'government' he is an employ of... The 'Florida License' thing doesn't ring true – if his weapon was part of his job – he'd have a federal license.
Kenneth Van Tassell November 20, 2013 at 09:22 AM
What federal license do you speak of? FFLs are for dealing and manufacturing of firearms, and in MA requires you to have a storefront to receive one of them. The only ways to legally possess firearms in Massachusetts is by having an LTC/FID, being a law enforcement officer, or having just moved to MA from another state and being within the 60 day grace period for acquiring you LTC/FID.
Rob C November 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM
There is no Federal gun license. If you are a Federal LEO you are automatically permitted to carry a weapon on or off duty anywhere in the country. If you are just a regular Federal employee who has a need to carry a weapon you are made a Special US Marshal and allowed to carry a firearm. Not sure what kind of federal employee this person is, but it sounds like if he thought his FL license was good here he is neither of the above. Also if he thought that his weapon was unloaded when he was cleaning it and failed to check that it was empty before he started, he probably shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.

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