Trooper finds two guns in car after Fitchburg man pulled over for missing inspection sticker

Massachusetts State Police
A State Police trooper recovered two guns during a traffic stop in Lunenburg Sunday night.

A Fitchburg man who was pulled over in Lunenburg Sunday night for not having an inspection sticker on his car was arrested after he was found to be in illegal possession of a loaded gun and a revolver, police said.

Hayden Collins, 25, was driving his 2006 Ford Freestyle on Massachusetts Avenue in Lunenburg when a State Police trooper pulled him over at 9:19 p.m. for a missing inspection sticker. When the trooper ran Collins’ plate, he found that there was a warrant for Collins’ arrest from Worcester District Court, State Police said in a statement Monday.

After confirming that the man driving that car was Collins, the trooper found a loaded .22 caliber Taurus pistol and a .32 caliber RG Industries revolver, police said. Collins does not have a license to carry guns.


Collins was arrested, and booked at the State Police barracks in Leominster where he was held on $10,190 bail, police said.

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He is charged with multiple firearm violations, including two counts of possession of a firearm without an identification card, possession of ammunition without an identification card, carrying a dangerous weapon, and receiving a firearm violation with two prior violent or drug convictions.

Collins is scheduled to be arraigned in Leominster District Court Tuesday morning, police said.

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