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New Fairfield man arrested for making, selling illegal rifles, handguns

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Michael Giannone was arrested for illegally manufacturing firearms. (State police photos) Michael Giannone was arrested for illegally manufacturing firearms. (State police photos)
The suspect's business card. (State police photo) The suspect's business card. (State police photo)

A man was arrested by state police for manufacturing and selling illegal rifles and handguns out of his home.

Detectives said Michael Giannone, 44, was taken into custody on March 24 after a months-long investigation. The investigation was officially completed on Tuesday.

In March, a warrant was executed at 38 Merlin Ave., where state police said Giannone was making and then selling AR-15 assault style rifles, among other firearms.

They said they found 59 complete firearms, 48 of which were legal.

Detectives said they saw Giannone leave his home and drop his child off at school. They said at that point, he was in possession of a firearm while on school property.

He was stopped off of school grounds and arrested.

Troopers said they brought him back to his house where they conducted a search.

The search revealed dozens of firearms. They also found assorted tools and equipment used in the making of the AR-15s.

Troopers said a search of Giannone's two family vehicles led to more firearms and firearms parts.

They seized the weapons, ammunition and parts, including an AR-15 that had been sold to someone before the warrant was executed.

Troopers said they took:

  • 59 total firearms
  • 9 illegal, unregistered assault rifles
  • 2 AK-47 assault rifles
  • 5 complete AR-15 assault style rifles with no serial numbers
  • 1 rifle with an illegal silencer
  • 2 additional silencers
  • 65 illegal high-capacity magazines

Check out evidence photos from state police here.

Police said Giannone sold two homemade AR-15s to an undercover trooper without the proper paperwork, and police said they believe parts for another gun were sold to a Bridgeport drug dealer.

Following the execution of the warrant, Giannone was charged with firearms trafficking, two counts of possession of assault weapon, two counts of sale of assault weapons, possession/sale of high-capacity magazine and illegal firearms transfer.

Tuesday, detectives said they tacked on more charges by way of another arrest warrant, which was issued at the conclusion of their investigation.

Giannone turned himself in to state police in Southbury.

Additionally, he was charged with nine counts of possession of assault weapon, three counts of possession of silencers, 65 counts of possession of high-capacity magazine, improper storage of firearms, risk of injury to a minor and possession of weapon on school grounds.

He was scheduled to face a judge on Tuesday and given a surety bond of $100,000.

In 2013, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut lawmakers banned new sales of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

Police said some of the guns seized didn't have serial numbers, and according to the arrest warrant, police even found business cards for MG Tactical, claiming "All of your AR names, no numbers, no witnesses."

Police said many of the guns found in the house were not locked up or secured. The Department of Children and Families was notified.

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