By Ben Terris
Five M-14 rifles that belonged to a Newton resident have been found eight months after having been stolen, Wicked Local Newton reports.
The website says that Lawrence T. White, 25, of Maynard was found in possession of the weapons, which he allegedly stole while doing construction work from a home on Waslsingham Street.
You might be thinking to yourself, "What on earth could a Newton resident want with five assault weapons?" Or, if you are hip to gun control laws you might even be thinking, "Wasn't the sale of assault weapons to civilians made illegal by federal law in 1994."
To answer the first question, look no further than the police logs. The blotter from this week's Tab includes terrifying stories such as a Tremont resident returning home to find that a delivered package had been stolen and a Hatfield Road resident missing his Nintendo Wii. All I know, is if Mr. Hatfield Road was packing a couple of assault rifles, he'd be doing his Yoga on the Wii Fit as we speak.
As to the legality of owning these types of weapons: the 1994 ban on sales stated that anyone who already in possession of M-14s and the likes could keep owning them.
But there are other serious questions raised by the incident in Newton, questions that send chills down the spine of many parents. When you send your children over to another persons house, do you ask if they own a gun, and if they do, do you ask how they store them?