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Boston Bombing Suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev Didn’t Purchase Guns Legally

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlane Tsarnaev were not licensed to own handguns where they lived, authorities said Sunday.

During a shootout with police in a Boston suburb, the brothers were using handguns, at least one rifle, and explosive devices, possibly including grenades. It does not appear that they were legally entitled to own firearms.

Tamerlan, 26, lived in Cambridge, Mass., where gun licenses require application through the local police department. Cambridge Police Department spokesman Dan Riviello says there is no record of Tamerlan having ever applied for a license.

"There is no record of him having a license to carry," Riviello told Reuters.

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His brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, was too young to have a handgun license, as applicants are required to be 21 or older to receive a firearms identification card. A Massachusetts firearms I.D. gives a person the right to own only rifles which hold 10 rounds or fewer and shotguns. There is no record of him having a Cambridge firearms I.D. either. The Dartmouth police department, where Dzhokhar went to school, also confirmed they have no record of a gun license or I.D. card for either Dzhokhar or his older brother.

Police in New Bedford, where Dzhokhar may have lived previously, and where three individuals in connection with Tamerlan were arrested on Thursday, did not confirm whether the 19-year-old had a gun license there.

Sources: Yahoo!, Seattle Times