5 Investigates: Anyone with a credit card can by ammo online


KATHY CURRAN FOUND OUT JUST HOW EASY IT CAN BE TO PUT — GET YOUR HANDS ON HUNDREDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION WITHOUT THE PROPER LICENSE KATHY: WITHIN MINUTES, WE WERE ABLE TO BUY AMMUNITION, AND IT WAS DELIVERED TO OUR DOOR WITHIN A FEW DAYS, NO QUESTIONS ASKED

SHOTS RING OUT AT THE WORCESTER GUN PARLOR STATE OF THE ART FIRING RANGE WHERE ROUNDS OF AMMO BLAST INTO THE TARGETS THE NU NATION, READILY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS, AS LONG AS THEY HAVE A FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION CARD OR LICENSE TO CARRY >> NO ONE COULD EVER WALK IN HERE WITHOUT AN ID CARD OR LICENSE TO CARRY AND BUY ANY TYPE OF AMMO

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT YOU NEED A LICENSE YOU NEED ONE OF THOSE LICENSES IN MASSACHUSETTS KATHY: 5 INVESTIGATES DISCOVERED THAT WAS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE WITH SELLERS ONLINE >> NOW WE ARE GOING TO SHOP FOR AMMUNITION

KATHY: WE MANAGED TO SCORE 450 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION, NO FIREARMS LICENSE REQUIRED WE SET UP AN ACCOUNT WITH CONNECTICUT-BASED ONLINE DEALER TARGET SPORTS USA, WORKING WITH A WCVB EMPLOYEE WHO IS PROPERLY LICENSED WITH HIS LICENSE TO CARRY AND CREDIT CARD AT THE READY — >> NINE BOXES OF 40-CALIBER FULL METAL JACKETS KATHY: THE QUESTIONABLE DEAL IS DONE, AND WE WERE NEVER ASKED FOR ANY TYPE OF ID, EVEN THOUGH OUR ACCOUNT AND SHIPPING ADDRESS MADE IT CLEAR THE AMMO WAS HEADED TO THE BAY STATE, ONE OF A HANDFUL OF STATES THAT RESTRICTS ONLINE PURCHASES LIKE THIS >> IT'S ALARMING

KATHY: ALARMING BECAUSE IN OUR ONLINE PURCHASE, ANYONE WITH A CREDIT CARD THAT OF GOTTEN THEIR HANDS ON THAT AMMUNITION NOT ONLY D RESIDENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS HAVE TO BE OF AGE AND HAVE TO HAVE THE PROPER FIREARMS LICENSE TO BUY AMMO — COMPANIES HAVE TO BE LICENSED IN THIS STATE TO SELL IT DAYS LATER, FEDEX ROLLS DOWN THE DRIVEWAY AND DELIVERS THE GOODS TO OUR DOOR THIS BOX, CONTAINING HUNDREDS OF BULLETS, LEFT FOR ANYONE TO GRAB, AND OUR INVESTIGATION FOUND THIS WASN'T JUST A ONE-TIME THING >> THIS IS PUTTING STUFF IN THE HANDS OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

KATHY: THIS STORY BEGAN WITH A TIP FROM A LICENSED GUN OWNER TROUBLED BY THE FACT THAT HE WAS ABLE TO ORDER 2000 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION FROM THE SAME COMPANY, NO QUESTIONS ASKED >> YOU DON'T WANT SOMEBODY WHO SHOULDN'T HAVE A GUN AND WHO HAS A GUN, AND NOW THEY HAVE AN UNLIMITED SUPPLY OF AMMO KATHY: O PURCHASE, CHILLING IN THE WAKE OF SOME OF THE DEADLY AS SHOOTINGS IN OUR NATION'S, IN SOME CASES, THOUSANDS OF ROUNDS OF AMMO WERE BOUGHT ONLINE AND STOCKPILED WE DON'T WANT TO SEE PEOPLE STOCKPILING AMMUNITION ILLEGALLY KATHY: THIS ISSUE WAS IN THE STATE'S CROSSHAIRS IN 2003 WHEN FIVE ONLINE COMPANIES WERE SUED FOR SELLING AND SHIPPING AMMO HERE ILLEGALLY

ATTORNEY GENERAL MARA HEALY WAS TROUBLED WITH WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO >> I THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED BY THAT AND OUTRAGED, AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE LAWS IN MASSACHUSETTS THAT PROHIBIT THAT KIND OF BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT KATHY: TARGET SPORTS USA INITIALLY CLAIMED THEIR SYSTEM WAS SET UP TO BLOCK MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WITHOUT A PROPER FIREARMS LICENSE AND SAID IT WAS POSSIBLE SOME ACCOUNTS SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS WHEN WE POINTED OUT THE WEBSITE STARTED OUT BY ASKING FOR A FIREARMS LICENSE ONLY AFTER WE TOLD THEM ABOUT THE MULTIPLE PURCHASES, THEY DECLINED FURTHER

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