Shop that sold guns to Newtown mom had violations

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Associated Press

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 4:04 PM

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — An attorney for a Connecticut gun shop that legally sold weapons to the Newtown school shooter's mother years ago says federal authorities didn't think violations warranted revoking the owner's license until after the massacre.

Robert Altchiler, attorney for Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor, said Thursday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was discussing a temporary shutdown of the store last year. He says the revocation came about a week after the massacre in which Adam Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

An ATF spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

The documents accuse Riverview of committing more than 500 violations and say the licensee received 11 instances of instruction from ATF dating back to 2004 on how to comply with federal firearms laws.

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