State Police Weapons

David Brown filed this request with the Massachusetts State Police of Massachusetts.
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From: David Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. ch.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
• Any lists, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.) used by officers and special officers.
• All records pertaining to the weapons that are authorized to be carried by officers and special officers in the performance of their duties as promulgated by the colonel of state police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.22C, §19

If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms carried by officers and special officers of the state police

I also ask, as I believe this request is in the public interest, that any fees be waived. This is suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service of MuckRock.com and are not for commercial usage. There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the state police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically by e-mail attachment, if available, or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter, I look forward to receiving your response to this request.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

David Brown

From: David Brown

My apologies for the mixed text in the previous message, here is a copy with the extraneous text removed

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. ch.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
• Any lists, databases, and inventory rosters containing weapons (i.e., firearms, tasers, batons, etc.) used by officers and special officers.
• All records pertaining to the weapons that are authorized to be carried by officers and special officers in the performance of their duties as promulgated by the colonel of state police under the authority granted in M.G.L. ch.22C, §19

If no such records exist than I request the alternative records:
• All records pertaining to the most recent audit of firearms carried by officers and special officers of the state police

I also ask, as I believe this request is in the public interest, that any fees be waived. This is suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service of MuckRock.com and are not for commercial usage. There is an active public debate on the utility of firearms to provide safety and protection. This debate involves elected officials such as Boston Mayor Marty Walsh who is on record stating there is no need for Boston police officers to have long guns. A list of weapons that are currently owned, duly authorized, and safely stored by the state police is of great interest to the public in providing greater context for this public discourse.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically by e-mail attachment, if available, or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter, I look forward to receiving your response to this request.

Sincerely,

David Brown

From: Farrell, Sean (POL)

Mr. Brown - attached please find the Department of State Police's response to your recent public records request.

Respectfully,
Sean W. Farrell
Massachusetts State Police
General Headquarters
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel: (508) 820-2311
Fax: (508) 820-2649

From: Massachusetts State Police

The request has been rejected by the agency.

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