Police: Guy with loaded gun arrested at Theater District club recently ordered to be shut down
Boston Police report arresting a New Hampshire man on gun charges early this morning at Icon on Warrenton Street.
The arrest comes less than two days after the Boston Licensing Board ordered an indefinite shutdown for Icon for permitting underage drinking. That suspension is stayed pending an appeal to the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
According to police, the 24-year-old from Pelham, NH, whom they did not name, showed up at the club with a loaded gun tucked in "the small of his back" around 12:30 a.m. A bouncer felt it on a pat frisk:
The patron reported he had a license to carry, but when asked, could not produce it. The bouncer secured the firearm at the club and notified the police. Club security told the responding officers that the patron had remained at the front door for several minutes before walking away, leaving his driver’s license and firearm at the club. The officers seized and secured the loaded Glock 19.
The man will be summoned to court on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device.
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The inevitable question: Why were they still open?
I don't know for sure. In other cases, places that get suspension orders don't have to shut right away - but those were for suspensions for a set period of time, where they basically got to choose when they would close. I'll try to find out whether the same applies here.
And an answer
Added to the story, but basically they get a chance to appeal to the state first.
When a licensing board
When a licensing board suspends "indefinitely" it should come Into effect 5 days from date of written notice to licensee. The 5 days is the appeal period to ABCC. If there is then an appeal, than the suspension by law comes into effect and must be served unless the board agrees to hold the sanction in abeyance pending appeal, which they don't have to do, or the licensee goes to court and gets an injunction agaist serving suspension pending ABCC appeal.
Are they fully shut down or do they simply lose the right to sell booze? It might effectively be the same but can the board force them to lock the doors even if they are only selling orange juice?
When places like this lose their liquor licenses do these go back into the pool or do the owners still get to sell them to someone else?
Most licensing boards take
Most licensing boards take the position that it's not just your liquor license that is suspended but your Common Victuallor License (or food serving license) as well, so the business shouts down in total. That suspended license remains issued and unavailable for re-issuance until revoked or not renewed at end of year.
Thanks for the clarifications
I don't think food is an issue here - without a liquor license, they're effectively dead - too many other places in the area to get your dance on while drinking.
How did Times Square get safer?...
How did Times Square/Broadway neighborhood get safer?... applicable to Boston Theatre District?
no! shhh be vewy vewy quiet...
or rudy giuliani might hear you..
Those were the days...
When 'International Night'' was just a relaxed evening at Zanzibar where the kids of Europe's obscenely wealthy could spray champagne on girls from BU without armed hicks from Pelham showing up.
So an idiot with a gun shows up at the club. Bouncer (employee of club) takes gun and calls cops.
Please explain why this reflects poorly on the club?
It doesn't, necessarily
Which is why the citation by itself doesn't carry any penalties - except for triggering a hearing before the licensing board. There, the club can explain why their bouncer did everything correctly (he confiscated the gun and called police) at what I'm sure they will say was just one of those random acts, not an example of how the club is attracting the sort of people who bring loaded guns tucked into their shirts. And maybe police will present evidence to the contrary (or maybe not, we'll find out at the hearing). And then the board decides whether a) the club acted appropriately in this instance and b) whether despite that it still represents a potential public-safety risk that demands some sort of corrective action (developing and filing a detailed safety plan, for example) or punishment.
for the added context. And thank you for covering the local news that would be lost in-between the Globe/Herald and Tab/Courant/Sun.
Bouncer conficates gun and calls cops
So the club has to appear at a Licensing Board hearing anyway.
IDIOTIC. And I hope that one of these days a club facing such a hearing has he stones to challenge the Licensing Board in court.