By Katina Caraganis

MediaNews

SHIRLEY -- Citing the ongoing criminal investigation between the town and the American Civil Liberties Union, Police Chief Greg Massak declined to comment Wednesday on whether resident Bob Schuler's guns and license to carry have been returned to him.

Schuler had been unable to enter any town-owned buildings for more than two years after making a comment during a public meeting that he was going to take out his gun and start shooting after a lack of progress on the town's budget.

The no-trespass order, issued in May 2011, was lifted earlier this month. Shortly after the order was imposed, Schuler voluntarily turned in all of his firearms and his license to carry.

Massak said that while the no-trespass order has been lifted, there are still many details both sides are still working out, and making any comment on the case at this point would be premature and could adversely affect one side or the other.

"The no-trespass order was initially issued for public safety. Who knows what is going to happen in situations like that?" Massak said.

Massak said that the no-trespass order was never violated by Schuler, and said that there were a few times he needed to conduct business, the police were notified, and they made arrangements for him to conduct business with a police escort.

Schuler was notified in person by Massak on the order being lifted on Election Day last month in case he chose to vote in person rather than by absentee ballot, which he had been doing.


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Calls to Schuler and attorneys from the ACLU in Boston were not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.