“State public records show the Obukhovs had domestic issues and legal problems.
Alexey Obukhov was arrested on Aug. 24, 2013, on allegations of domestic assault against his wife, and police confiscated arms and ammunition from the family’s home, according to state court papers.
The charges against Obukhov were dropped after his wife would not testify, and the guns and ammunition were later returned to the home, the papers state.
Alexey then applied to Bedford police for a license to carry a concealed weapon. But Bedford Police Chief John J. Bryfonski denied the application, determining that Alexey was ‘an unsuitable person to possess a license to carry a concealed weapon,’ according to the court documents.
Bryfonski declined to comment Monday on the apparent murder-suicide.
Obukhov appealed the chief’s denial, and during a Nov. 5, 2013, trial court hearing, the chief cited the wife’s statements to police that she had been assaulted by her husband, as well as photographs of her injuries, as reasons for denying Obukhov’s application. The court upheld the denial.
Obukhov filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court, which reversed the lower court’s ruling on Nov. 20 of last year.
The court said the evidence did not support a determination that Alexey was ‘unsuitable’ to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon.
Alexey’s gun shop drew national attention in 2013 when it covered a window with a picture of President Obama, calling him ‘the Firearms Salesman of the Year,’ alongside pictures of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. The pictures remain in the window.”
(Via.) The Boston Globe