P’town neighbor: What’s up with your aim, Doc?


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Rockrivr1
October 15, 2005, 05:52 PM
Whoops! :banghead:

A doctor reportedly aiming to gun down a pesky squirrel outside his Provincetown home is being called to court. And, he missed the critter.

The shot destined for the resilient rodent ended up penetrating a nearby home, lodging into a bedpost.

The gun was seized and placed in custody of the state police, who responded to the shooting, Provincetown police said.

Now, Dr. Arthur Geltzer is due in Orleans District Court Tuesday to determine if there is probable cause to file a criminal complaint against him.

Police are accusing the doctor of discharging an unregistered gun within 500 feet of a residence for the Aug. 24 incident.

The police log did not mention if the doctor, who also resides in Rhode Island, has a license to carry a gun in that state. But even if he did, it is against the law to carry such a gun across the state line into Massachusetts unless it is also registered here.

Under Massachusetts law, possession of an unregistered firearm carries a mandatory one-year jail sentence.

Geltzer could not be reached for a comment.

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c3006
October 15, 2005, 06:14 PM
Somebody needs to introduce the Doc to ratshot:)

MachIVshooter
October 15, 2005, 06:15 PM
Someone needs to brush up on basic gun safety.

BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET, AND WHAT LIES BEYOND!

jamz
October 15, 2005, 06:52 PM
What the heck is an "unregistered" gun?

MA doesn't have gun registration laws.

-James

Tory
October 15, 2005, 08:56 PM
"MA doesn't have gun registration laws."

Someone is obviously unfamiliar with Mass firearms law generally and the FA-10 particularly.

However, the article is still wrong. The issue is whether this RI resident has a MASS firearms license; not whether his gun is on an FA-10.

Then again, who expects facts in a firearms article? :scrutiny:

kel
October 15, 2005, 08:57 PM
What the heck is an "unregistered" gun?

MA doesn't have gun registration laws.

-James
Guns are registerd in MA with the firearms records bureau. A license is required to possess any form of firearm with the exception of airguns and blackpowder. If a licensed individual brings in a gun from out of state it does not have to be registered. All guns bought or sold in the state must be registered.

AJ Dual
October 15, 2005, 09:22 PM
I've got "two degrees of separation" from someone who did almost the exact same thing. My friend's fiancee's father is on probation for just such an offense.

He'd been warring with chipmunks that were causing distructive burrowing under his front stoop for some time, and he decided to take a pop at one with a .22 rifle. He missed, it riccocheted off the concrete walkway, and loged in a neighbor lady's leg four or five houses away as she was out getting the mail. Quite a feat, since this is semi-rural/suburban type area where the houses are on 3 to 4 acre lots, and further apart than your average suburbs.

It was house arrest, leg braclet monitoring, then probation, for "unlawful discharge of a firearm, assult, and reckless endangerment". He lost his job, is now a felon who can't vote or ever own, or touch a firearm again. He is also out thousands of dollars in restitution and legal fees.

All for a bone-headed "Rule #4 violation".

Sucks to be him.

Standing Wolf
October 15, 2005, 09:53 PM
All for a bone-headed "Rule #4 violation".

There's got to be a better solution to the chipmunk problem.

Hardware
October 15, 2005, 10:10 PM
I'd suggest a dog or cat but I recall a news article from the 90's where a person was suing their neighbor because their cat was catching and killing chipmunks in her backyard. This lady was distressed because she had to watch the "gruesome" spectacle of a cat killing a chipmunk.

I'd love to take her on a tour of a slaughterhouse and then offer her a nice tasty steak dinner. Blissninnies are everywhere.

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