By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 4/22/13 6:09 AM EDT Updated: 4/22/13 8:50 AM EDT
The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon and engaging in a massive firefight with police last week weren’t licensed to own guns, according to a report.
Cambridge, Mass., police told Reuters they had not issued a gun license to 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after the firefight. The police departments in both Cambridge and Dartmouth said they didn’t issue 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev a firearms identification card, which would’ve allowed him to own rifles holding less than 10 rounds and shotguns. Dzhokhar, who is under 21, wasn’t eligible for a regular handgun license.
In Massachusetts, local police departments issue handgun licenses to residents and have wide sway over when to issue licenses and whom to issue them to.
During their rampage Thursday night and Friday morning, the two brothers had pistols, at least one rifle and several explosive devices, authorities said. The pair shot and killed an MIT police officer, Sean Collier, and committed a carjacking before entering the firefight with police. A transit police officer was wounded in the exchange.
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said federal authorities were working to figure out how the Tsarnaevs acquired their arsenal.
“The ATF is working very closely with the FBI to make sure that we track those weapons down and determine where they came from,” Davis said. “But again, it’s an active, on-going investigation.”