Man arraigned on firearms charges

WESTFIELD – A New Hampshire resident who owns property in Westfield was arraigned on five firearms-related charges Sept. 24 in Westfield District Court after being arrested in Holyoke by Massachusetts State Police. 

Kang Lu, 43, of 519N North Shore Road, NH was charged with carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card, possession of a large capacity firearm, and assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from a June 6 incident in Westfield. An additional charge of possession of firearms by a non-resident was later added. 

A warrant for Lu’s arrest was issued after he failed to appear in Westfield District Court Sept. 1 for a hearing related to the June 6 incident.

According to court documents, a man was swimming in the Westfield River on June 6 when he called the police to report that he thought another man was shooting at him from a property on Pochassic Road. When police arrived, they found that Lu was shooting targets with his son on property he owns, and that the caller was initially mistaken about having been shot at. The caller claimed that Lu told him that if he didn’t leave his property, he would be shot. 

According to the report, Lu owns the Pochassic Road property but his primary address is in New Hampshire.

According to court documents, on June 6 Lu showed responding Westfield police officers a locked ammo box in his vehicle which contained two handguns, ammunition, and five large capacity magazines which hold 15 rounds each. Lu apparently told the officers that he did not have a license to carry in Massachusetts but that he did have one for New Hampshire. 

Officers found that Lu’s Massachusetts LTC was revoked in 2003 by Brookline Police. He was also previously charged with possession of a capacity feeding device in Worcester in 2019. It was not clear in court reports why Lu’s LTC was revoked or the details of the Worcester charge.

In the court documents, officers state that Lu was violating the law because he brought the guns into Massachusetts without a Massachusetts license and was not taking part in a competition, collectors meeting, exhibition, or hunting excursion. 

He was arrested in Holyoke Sept. 24 by Massachusetts State Police and arraigned in Westfield District Court from jail the same day. He was released on $1,000 cash bail pending a Nov. 5 pre-trial hearing.

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