Abington man arrested on gun charges on Nantasket Beach

An Abington man was arrested on gun charges Friday afternoon on Nantasket Beach, according to Massachusetts state police.

Police arrested 55-year-old Paul Martell on Hull Shore Drive in Hull following an investigation into a complaint that he was allegedly drinking and treating his dog in an overly aggressive manner on the beach.

When officers responded to the call Friday afternoon, they discovered Martell was in possession of an open bottle of whiskey.

Martell was arrested for violating town and DCR regulations, which prohibit drinking alcoholic beverages on the beach. 

Upon further investigation, troopers found a handgun, a fully loaded magazine, and a large folding knife on Martell. They then found several more knives, a hatchet, a dagger, and a double sided machete in his car.

Martell was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a license, carrying a firearm with ammunition, carrying a dangerous weapon, and illegal consumption of alcohol on DCR property.

He was held pending $240 cash bail and will be arraigned in Hingham District Court.

Animal Control took custody of Martell’s dog.

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