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LI gun store owner hit with criminal charges

February 2, 2012 3:07:52 PM PST
A Long Island man is under arrest and facing charges for the possession of illegal, unregistered and stolen firearms.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the indictment of Brian Anderson, the owner and operator of a gun store in Bohemia.

Anderson faces 16 criminal possession of a weapon charges after detectives recovered hundreds of legal and illegal weapons from Anderson's unlocked Patchogue garage.

The seized weapons included illegal machine guns, unregistered automatic and semi-automatic handguns and "Street Sweepers" (large-capacity compact shotguns).

Surveillance video showed an exchange of gunfire between a suspected drug dealer and investigator assigned to the district attorney office's Heroin Task Force. Police say the .38-caliber revolver used by the drug suspect to fire on detectives came from Anderson's gun store.

Nicholas Hansen is charged with attempted murder of a police officer and criminal sale of a controlled substance in relation to that case.

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