Mass. Sues Online Sellers of Weapons and Ammunition

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Swords tucked into canes, a stun gun that doubles as a fake cellphone, and knives hidden in such items as a ballpoint pen, a lipstick tube, and a bright yellow comb were among weapons purchased on the Internet by state investigators as part of a recent undercover investigation, Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly said yesterday. Selling such weapons in Massachusetts or shipping them here is against the law, and the state is suing 10 online weapon and ammunition vendors as a result of a yearlong probe, Reilly said Thursday. It is also illegal to ship ammunition from out of state without verifying that the buyer has a license to carry a firearm.

Four of the companies have agreed to pay a $5,000 fine; the others are due at a court hearing next month. The investigation began after a Bedford teenager bought a stun gun online and used it last October to zap two friends at school. The vendors named in the suit were Talley Security Products of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Lifestyle Fascination of Lakewood, N.J.; Bynoon.com of Dunlap, Tenn.; Martial Arts Gear of Lafayette, La.; Discount Martial Art Supply of Winnetka, Calif.; C&M Enterprises of Fort Gaines, Ga.; and copgear.net of Killeen, Texas. The ammunition dealers named were C&EJ’s Hunting and Fishing of Upper Marlboro, Md.; Dan’s Sporting Goods of New Kensington, Pa.; and Marksman’s Mart of Pinckney, Mich.

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/08/20/state_sues_10_online_v

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