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BU Police Arrest Man Carrying 2 Loaded Guns Outside Commencement

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BOSTON (CBS) – A man allegedly carrying two guns near the Boston University commencement Sunday was arrested by university police.

Andreas Massa, 28, of Marshfield, was arrested by Boston University police while carrying two loaded handguns with high-capacity magazines, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office.

Massa caught the attention of BU officers who stopped him outside a security checkpoint on Harry Agganis Way about 1 p.m. He allegedly created a disturbance and was found to have the two guns in his possession.

Police say this is one of the guns Andrea Massa had with him outside the Boston University commencement. (WBZ-TV)

Police say this is one of the guns Andrea Massa had with him outside the Boston University commencement. (Massa family photo)

Massa’s wife, Sally, told WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton it is all a misunderstanding.

She said they were on their way to the commencement to see a family member graduate and that her husband is not a threat or a danger to anyone.

Sally Massa said her husband turned and walked away when they saw people were being screened entering commencement.

She said that when he was stopped by police he told them he had two guns on him.

“I just want to be clear he didn’t mean to take it on there in any attempt to do anything. He was just exercising the right to have them.”

She said they had both just recently received their gun licenses and were unaware they could not carry them on private property.

The DA’s office said that Massa has a license to carry firearms for hunting and target practice only. He faces a civil penalty for violating the terms of his license and is also charged with criminal offenses of unlawfully carrying a firearm onto school grounds and disorderly conduct.

Massa is likely to be arraigned Monday, the DA’s office reported.

Gov. Deval Patrick delivered the commencement address to graduates at BU’s Nickerson Field.

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