Massachusetts has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, with licenses required to both own and carry firearms, a sweeping “assault weapons” ban, gun registration, and a host of other requirements designed to turn the Second Amendment from a right to a privilege. These restrictions are supposed to make the state safer, but a recent case out of Boston shows just how ineffective these laws actually are.
Monday night, police arrested a guy named Hermon Sherif for illegally possessing a gun. Officers had responded to the area on reports of a shooting victim. Witnesses said a man with a red backpack had fired multiple rounds at the shooting victim before shoving his pistol into his backpack and taking off. Officers began combing the area looking for anyone matching that description, and soon ran across a guy with a red backpack standing in front of a liquor store not far from where the shooting happened.
The male then entered the store, followed by officers who immediately observed a large knife in the male’s front right pocket. Officers secured the knife and, in the process, felt a heavy object within the red backpack. Officers removed the backpack from the male and located a silver and black Smith & Wesson firearm which had been reported stolen out of Nashua, New Hampshire. The male was placed into custody.