Shop that sold Newtown massacre guns had its license revoked

By Kay Steiger
Friday, April 5, 2013 10:18 EDT
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has pulled the firearms license from a gun store in East Windsor, Connecticut, that sold the gun used in the Newton, Connecticut massacre that killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a Thursday report in The Journal News.

David LaGuercia, owner of Riverview Gun Sales, had his licence revoked on Dec. 20, and the 60-day timeframe to appeal the decision has now expired.

ATF spokesperson Deb Seifert declined to give specific reasons to the Journal for revoking the shop’s license, but just said, “It’s final at this point.”

The shop reportedly sold both guns used in the Newtown shooting as well as a 2010 mass shooting at Hartford Distributors Inc. that left nine dead.

At the time of the Newtown shooting, the shop’s owner LaGuercia, said in a statement, “There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child, and I am absolutely appalled that the product that was sold several years ago would be used in this type of crime … We are cooperating with law enforcement in their efforts to get to the bottom of this senseless tragedy.”

[Middle aged man in gun store via Shutterstock]

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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