Police Arrest Southington Man After Finding Guns, Ammunition and Body Armor

Southington police have arrested a local man after receiving a tip that someone was trying to sell an assault rifle and finding several guns, body armor and ammunition in an apartment and storage unit.

Police said the Southington Police Department, the Connecticut State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms, and the Central Region Emergency Response Team served a search warrant on a Darling Street apartment Tuesday and found 24-year-old Quac Hao Lam with a loaded Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun and three fully loaded magazines for the weapon in his pocket.

Lam admitted that he owned six rifles that were in a storage unit, took police there and gave them access to it, according to a news release from police.

In the storage unit, police found two 12-gauge shotguns, two .22 caliber rifles, and one 7.62 mm rifle that were registered to Lam. Police also seized assorted calibers of ammunition, 11 high-capacity magazines, 2 boxes and two belts of shotgun shells and four .22 caliber magazines.

Police said Lam also had a short barreled AR-15 type weapon without a stock in the storage unit and the weapon had no serial number.

In Lam’s apartment, police found four “uncompleted assault rifle lower receiver parts,” five semi-automatic handguns, two stun guns, body armor, high-capacity magazines for handguns, a drill press, tools they said were used to work on or build firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. 

Lam was charged with possession of a handgun without a permit, 29 counts of possession of high capacity magazines and possession of an assault weapon.

He was held on a $250,000 bond and he is scheduled to appear in Bristol Court on Nov. 21.

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