Laguercia used to run Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor. An investigation of the store by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turned up two instances in which customers were given guns before receiving approval from the national background check system, as well as hundreds of examples of incorrect or omitted information in the store's records, the release said.
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“Federally-licensed firearms dealers are our first line of defense in making sure that firearms don’t wind up in the wrong hands, and gun dealers who don’t follow the rules and violate federal law will be prosecuted.”
Laguercia pleaded guilty to transfer of a firearm before completion of background check and failure to maintain proper firearm records and put in a guilty plea for Riverview Sales on a charge of making false entries in dealer’s records, the release said.
The maximum penalty on each of the charges is one year of imprisonment, five years of probation and a $100,000 fine, according to the release.
Riverview Gun Sales has been at the center of several recent, highly controversial incidents over the past several years. In April, the store lost its license to sell guns after several months of investigation by the ATF.
The store had sold a gun to Nancy Lanza, the mother of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who police said is responsible for the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook School. Adam Lanza killed his mother in their Sandy Hook home before he shot his way into the school and killed 20 students and six adults, state police said.