By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A local man faces numerous weapons charges after police discovered several handguns, rifles and an assault rifle inside his High Street apartment Saturday morning.
Andrew D. Marresse, 48, 341 High St., was summons on eight counts of improperly storing large-capacity firearms and illegal possession of an assault rifle charge, according to City Marshal Thomas Howard.
The summons against Marresse, an employee of Fowle’s Meat Market, came several hours after police and emergency personnel responded to an apparent drug overdose at 6:20 a.m. involving another man inside Marresse’s apartment. As EMTs and police were inside the apartment, located right above the market, they noticed a number of firearms lacking gun locks that were not placed in a location that secured them from children. What was seen inside during the call prompted charges against the suspect, Howard said.
Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Weapons must either be stored in a secure place, such as a locked locker, or they must have trigger locks on them. Trigger locks prevent a gun from being fired.
Those who violate the law face fines of $500 to $5,000, and up to a year in jail. Having an unsecured assault gun is a more severe penalty — a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 and possible imprisonment of a year to 10 years.
Weapons and ammunition found in the apartment were confiscated by police and were taken to the Green Street station.
“Weapons just get in the wrong hands in a very consistent basis,” Howard said.