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East Windsor Gun Shop Subject of Federal Investigation

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at Riverview Sales Thursday evening as part of an ongoing investigation.

Riverview Sales in East Windsor, a gun store that has been at the center of several recent, highly controversial incidents over the past several years, is under investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

ATF Agent Debora Seifert confirmed that the store located at 4 Prospect Hill in East Windsor is subject to "an ongoing investigation" and was the target of a federal "enforcement activity" late Thursday afternoon.

Seifert said that she could not “speak to any of the particulars” of the investigation

On Thursday, East Windsor police confirmed that the store had sold a gun to Nancy Lanza, whose son, Adam Lanza, killed 27 people, including his mother, in Newtown on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza killed himself after killing 20 first-grade students and six school officials at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In a statement reported by the Associated Press, Riverview Sales owner David LaGuerica said that he was “appalled” that Nancy Lanza purchased a gun that may have been used in the tragedy.

“There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child,” LaGuercia told the AP. “We are absolutely appalled that the product that we sold several years ago would be used in this type of horrendous crime. Our hearts go out to the victims and the families.”

“We are cooperating with law enforcement and their efforts to get to the bottom of this senseless tragedy,” LaGuercia said, according to the AP.

The gun shop has had a history of issues, particularly with being unable to track its inventory.

On Saturday, a South Windsor man was arrested after he attempted to steal a long rifle from Riverview Sales.

Jordan Marsh, 26, was charged with third-degree larceny, first-degree robbery, theft of a firearm and carrying of dangerous weapons. He was arraigned in Enfield on Monday and held on $2 million bail.

Further investigation revealed that Marsh had an AR-15 assault rifle stashed at a Hartford hotel where he had been staying.

According to East Windsor Det. Matthew Carl, the AR-15 had been stolen from Riverview Sales, whose employees were unaware that the weapon was missing.

It was not the first time that Marsh had taken guns from Riverview Sales.

Marsh, who, according to relatives, is mentally ill, had previously received a two-year suspended sentence after it was discovered in June 2011 that he had stolen 12 firearms from Riverview Sales.

Store employees were not aware that Marsh had taken 12 guns from the store in the first incident until they were alerted in June 2011.

Marsh isn’t the only person who has stolen a large number of guns from Riverview Sales, according to police.

In 2007, Riverview Sales owner David E. LaGuercia notified the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives that 33 guns were missing from his store, according to a Hartford Courant story. Of those 33 guns, 28 were recovered when police searched the home of Brian H. McClelland, who was a frequent customer of the store and helped out on occasion, the Courant reported.

Check back with Patch for any further developments to this story.

Diana Ferrara December 21, 2012 at 03:37 AM
se una persona ha un'arma in casa e si arrabbia ha l'occasione di usarla meglio non bisogna acquistare armi se si litiga meglio usare il solito MATTARELLO ma pianino senza troppa forza e se si può anche lasciarlo al suo uso migliore che è quello di fare le lasagne Diana dall'Italia
Maria Giannuzzi December 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
It is my understanding that the Affordable Care Act will provide mental health care coverage. Mental illness and its treatment is a complicated issue. Of course, more funding is needed, but so is a greater awareness by the general public of mental illness and its relationship with alcohol and drug abuse. Apparently, one of the stolen long guns was able to shoot through cinderblock and had a long range. Journalists must rely on so-called experts on technical issues and some of these experts are not so expert. They also often have tight deadlines. You are obviously a responsible gun owner and could be very helpful in adding to the public's knowledge.
Maria Giannuzzi December 21, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Let me rephrase my last sentence: You are obviously a responsible gun owner and could be very helpful in adding to the public's knowledge concerning guns.
Maria Giannuzzi December 21, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I believe Diana from Italy was saying based on my translation software: If a person has a gun at home and gets angry, he or she may use it. It is better not to buy firearms and instead use a rolling pin (used to roll out pie dough) in a fight, but not too hard. And even better, don't use the rolling pin as a weapon, use it instead to make lasagna.
Glenn M. Eades December 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Diana from Italy obviously has not been the victim of a violent crime or personal attack. Until someone finds themselves vulnerable to a violent threat it never occurs to them that it could happen to them. Once they are attacked, if they survive, then they begin to understand that no one else is responsible for their safety, no one else is there to stop the attack, that self-defense is a personal matter, and often it is only those who are prepared to defend themselves and take responsibility for doing so that end up surviving. The police have no reponsibility to protect you, and has been the supreme courts ruling in every case brought before them on the matter. While a baker can use a rolling pin, if someone comes into his shop with a gun trying to rob him who is willing to shoot him, he'd better have a gun behind the counter and be ready to use it if he wants a fair chance of making it throught the ordeal with his life. The only thing that stops bad guys with guns, is good guys with guns, and you'd better think about it long and hard because in the 30 seconds you have to deal with a threat, you may not have any time to call the cops, and even if you did it can take them a half hour before they even come and by then you'd be dead if you choose not to be responsible to defend your own life.

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