SOUTHINGTON — A local ammunition seller said website difficulties allowed a Massachusetts television station to purchase ammunition online without permits required by that state earlier this month.
Miodrag Delmic, owner of Target Sports USA, said the company’s requirements that residents of the most regulated states scan copies of their pistol or ammunition permits was briefly disabled while web servers were transferred out-of-state. Those requirements have been restored, Delmic said.
“Some of the safeguards we have in place haven’t really switched over when we moved the server,” he said. “Some of these orders went through when they shouldn’t have… Now it’s where it should be.”
Massachusetts and Connecticut are among the states that require permits for ammunition sales.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said she is aware of the sale that took place earlier this month and is looking into online ammunition sales that take place without verifying the proper permits.
Delmic said he hasn’t been contacted by any government officials about the sale and said his company won’t shy away from the mistake.
“We should have done something “We’re not going to run away from our fault,” he said.
The television station, WCVB, tried to buy ammunition from the company in person. according to Delmic, but was denied since they didn’t have the proper Connecticut permits.
For online sales, customers must upload a copy of their permits if their ship-to address is in a regulated state. That stage of the check-out process was down earlier this month, Delmic said.
According to the Connecticut State Police, companies aren’t required to have a license to sell ammunition but those in possession of ammunition need to have at least one of several types of permits such, as a pistol permit.
Delmic said it’s not difficult to buy ammunition in person from surrounding states such as New Hampshire without permits. He also said customers should comply with their local laws.
“There has to be some sort of responsibility,” Delmic said. “We do the best that we can.”
Connecticut only began requiring permits for ammunition sales following the Newtown school shooting. Those requirements were among a host of gun restrictions passed in 2013.