Jeff D. Gorman
Courthouse News Service
February 4, 2013

Massachusetts can require gun owners to either lock their firearms or render them inoperable to unauthorized users, the state’s high court ruled.

John McGowan was charged with violating the gun storage ban in October 2008. He had an argument with his female roommate over $10. She grabbed his loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and threw it into the neighbors’ bushes.

When McGowan left the house to retrieve the gun, his roommate locked him out. He called the police, who ended up arresting him on a charge of violating the gun-storage law.

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