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East Windsor Gun Shop Raided by ATF

By Hartford Courant Staff

WINDSOR - Federal firearms inspectors were examining business records Thursday at an East Windsor gun shop that sold a weapon to the mother of Adam Lanza, the gunman who shot 20 children and six adults a week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Deborah Seifert, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Thursday that the agency was "involved in an enforcement operation in the East Windsor area," but would not elaborate.

Other law enforcement sources said that Lanza's mother, Nancy, bought one of several weapons she owned at Riverview Gun Sales. But those sources said the interest of federal agents in the store grew out of events at the store that are not related to Nancy Lanza's purchase.

The sources said that Nancy Lanza's guns appear to have been purchased legally and registered properly.

Lanza, who lived with his mother, shot her repeatedly in the head before driving to the school and killing the first grade students and educators. Authorities have said Lanza used a Bushmaster .223-caliber, semiautomatic rifle purchased by his mother. Lanza shot himself as police arrived at the school.

Three law enforcement sources said Nancy Lanza bought the Bushmaster rifle at the East Windsor store. But Seifert declined to discuss the purchase of the rifle and the owners of the store could not be reached Thursday. A telephone recording said the store was closed in 'respect" for the deaths in Newtown.

The arrival of ATF agents at the store Thursday was not the first time they have visited it. Since the shootings on Dec.14, ATF agents have visited stores and shooting ranges where Nancy Lanza is believed to have purchased guns, as well as target ranges where she is believed to have shot with her son Adam.

Seifert said Thursday that neither Nancy nor Adam Lanza are believed to have engaged in target shooting over the last six months.

Two law enforcement sources said that, on Thursday, ATF agents returned to the store to re-examine records that they had examined on a prior visit.

On Saturday, a South Windsor man -- who had received a suspended prison sentence and two years probation in May on charges of stealing a dozen rifles and shotguns from Riverview Sales -- tried to steal a sniper rifle from the same store, police said.

Jordan Marsh, 26, pleaded guilty May 10 to a single count of stealing a firearm and received a suspended prison sentence and two years of probation.

According to East Windsor police, on Saturday, Marsh grabbed a Bushmaster .50-caliber rifle from Riverview Sales valued at $5,000 and ran from the store. When store employees confronted Marsh, he pulled a knife, then fled on foot. Police officers eventually caught and arrested him.

In June 2007 a Somers man who occasionally worked at Riverview Sales was charged with stealing 33 guns from the business. In that case the store's owner, David E. Laguercia, contacted ATF after determining his store could not account for 33 firearms. Video surveillance showed the man taking two guns.

In March 2008 that man pleaded no contest to two counts of stealing a firearm from the store and received an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

Courant reporter Hilda Munoz contributed to this story.


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  1. bna42Comment by bna42
    December 21, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Federal firearms investigators are simply looking for a scapegoat and making it appear they are doing their job. Why did they feel the need to return to the store to “examine records they had previously examined”? It has already been stated that Ms. Lanza LEGALLY purchased and registered the firearms.

    Why don’t these “investigators” visit the Arizona dealers who were intimidated by the ATF into selling firearms to straw buyers to be delivered to Mexico? There have been no indictments or prosecutions because of several federal laws that were violated by the ATF with Department of Justice blessing. Let’s see a report of how many young children were murdered in Mexico with the firearms our government sent down there. I suspect it would be many more than 20.

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      December 21, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

      True dat! Also, notice that the two criminals who were arrested for stealing guns were given “suspended sentences” while the ATF and the current administration continue looking for ways to go after lawfully purchased firearms. The left has always been back asswards in their criminal priorities. Soft on the guilty, punish the innocent. That is the liberal way.

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  2. wedeyComment by wedey
    December 21, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Yeah they will raid this gun shop and do an investigation but what happened to the investigation in Fast and Furious. It has been many many months and what have they come up with. I am sick of the government thinking they are above the law. Exactly where did these guns come from and who exactly authorized them to go to drug lords. I think the govt should clean up their own messes before they do anything else.

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  3. mrparkerComment by mrparker
    December 21, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Maybe the Obama & Holder gun stores are expanding into Connecticut. Failed background check, no problem,we can help.

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  4. copakemanComment by copakeman
    December 21, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    i am disappointed in the aft. why didnt the aft simply burn the arms dealer’s store to the ground, similar to what they did in waco texas. i do not feel safer knowing that that arms dealer might still be allowed to sell arms to children.

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    • edodanielComment by edodaniel
      December 21, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

      Where do you come up with ” i do not feel safer knowing that that arms dealer might still be allowed to sell arms to children.” since no one has even remotely hinted that such was done?

      I do thing Congress needs to write one more “gun control” law and it should eliminate the statutory age limitation on firearms purchases and simply say that anyone old enough to vote and serve in the military is old enough to purchase and bear any firearm of their choice.

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  5. flyervicComment by flyervic
    December 21, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Wait a minute. Two separate robberies of this store. A dIfferent man was convicted of each theft. Neither one of them were sentenced to jail????? What is wrong with this picture?

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 21, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

      They were ATF, DOJ, or State Dept. employees.

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    • aretiredgiComment by aretiredgi
      December 21, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

      Would almost believe that the problem is not the weapons themselves……but the empty suits that wear the black robes in our court systems….and that includes the ones in that big court house in D.C. (SCOTUS).

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  6. gnafuComment by gnafu
    December 21, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

    It looks as though the court system kinda fell down on the job, doesn’t it. Not the gun shop!

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  7. gileyComment by giley
    December 21, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    We still have not clear answers to the Fast and Furious fiasco by US ATF. It looks like the scapegoats were the middle management. We’re still looking for the thruth on this and many issues that are facing us now. It is all about intergrity and thruth, but I don’t think Obama and his administration care about this. Now the easy target is going to be the NRA and lawful gun owners. I guess stealing heavy weapons from a gun dealer is no big deal. Go figure!

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  8. Bill from MiddletownComment by Bill from Middletown
    December 21, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

    Help get this petition into the public view. Sign the petition at wh dot gov/RzM7

    we petition the obama administration to: along with Congress, enact legislation eliminating gun free zones as an inherent danger to the People.

    Whereas, there were horrific shootings in Aurora CO, Newtown CT, Grundy VA, Greenville MS, Portland OR, Oak Creek WI, and other places around the United States;

    Whereas, the common factor in these crimes is that they took place in “gun free” zones;

    Whereas, evil people seek out areas where they know their victims will be unarmed and defenseless;

    Whereas, it is demonstrated that only the law abiding honor “gun free” zone laws, (and laws in general);

    Whereas, none of the victims of these horrible crimes had any means with which to defend themselves and others,

    Whereas, the People have a right to self defense;

    It is time to recognize that “gun free” zones do nothing to protect ordinary citizens, but create areas where citizens are vulnerable.

    “Gun free” zones must be banned.

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    • empty pocketsComment by empty pockets
      December 22, 2012 @ 7:41 am

      Exactly, Bill.

      Head scratcher, though…the “reporter” mentions the store couldn’t account for 33 guns. Yet the man pleaded to 2 counts. That’s 31 guns…where, ATF, where are they?

      Yep, catch and release is a very bad policy.

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  9. truckmanComment by truckman
    December 21, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    I still can’t see how he left the AR-15 in the car,yet was able to use it to kill the victims,kill himself,then put it back in the car?? I wish the Leftist Media would at least settle on ONE set of made up “facts”.

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  10. kskiddComment by kskidd
    December 22, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    Two men caught stealing guns and both received suspended sentences??? But we want to restrict law abiding citizens from owning guns and ammo? What is it that makes me suspect liberal judges and liberal anti-constitutionalist are playing both sides of our legal system? It’s OK to get caught stealing guns, but not OK to buy them legally?

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    • burningmanComment by burningman
      December 22, 2012 @ 8:28 am

      Perhaps gun thieves should have their dominant hand cut off. At least it would make it reduce their desire to steal guns if they couldn’t use them.

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  11. pebearComment by pebear
    December 22, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    Looks like ATF has this dealer in their cross hairs. The poor owners better have crossed all their T’s and dotted all their I’s or they just might find themselves some sort of sick scapegoats for the Newtown tragedy. I fear that all of us law abdiding gun owners will have to pay the price for Newtown.

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    • kskiddComment by kskidd
      December 22, 2012 @ 11:14 am

      I believe you are right “guilt transference” is the gasoline in the engine of left wing politics.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      December 22, 2012 @ 11:23 am

      I also think Congress should take enough heat from the citizens that they get involved and start asking why these law-abiding gun dealers are used for criminal activity by the federal government. This is getting out of control and needs to be stopped because we KNOW that all this is a concerted effort leading up to government confiscation of personal firearms. The time to stop this is NOW before it goes too far and we wake up with the government sending law enforcement on a door-to-door search for private firearms.

      I am completely confident that I will not surrender my firearms without a fight, and I will turn in my ammunition one round at a time.

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