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Newington Gun Store Owners Plead Guilty to Violating Gun Laws

According to federal officials, the BMG gun store in Newington kept firearms, including machine guns and guns with silencers, without changing the registration.

Two owners of a Newington gun store, one from North Branford, the other from Northford, pleaded guilty Wednesday to violating firearms laws.

The United States Attorney's Office in Connecticut on Wednesday issued this announcement on the pleas:

Brian Vanacore, 48, of North Branford, Greg Bodytko, 54, of Northford, and their business, BMG LLC, pleaded guilty today in Bridgeport federal court to violating federal firearms laws.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Vanacore and Bodytko were the owners of BMG LLC (BMC), which operated a gun store at 2585 Berlin Turnpike in Newington. 

Vanacore and BMG had three separate federal firearms licenses to deal firearms in Connecticut, and Bodytko was a 50 percent partner in the business with Vanacore.

In the summer of 2013, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted a routine inspection of BMG’s Newington store. 

During the inspection, ATF inspectors found several firearms, including machine guns and silencers, which are required to be registered under the National Firearms Act.  BMG records revealed that BMG had purchased these firearms, but had not changed the registration information in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. 

As a result, each of the firearms remained registered to the individual who sold them to BMG.  In total, BMG possessed 15 firearms that it should have registered under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

BMG, Vanacore and Bodytko also failed, on numerous occasions, to report the sale of multiple handguns to the same individual, and failed to record in their Acquisition and Disposition records the acquisition and/or disposition of hundreds of firearms. 

On numerous occasions, the defendants failed to fill out properly, or failed to fill out at all, ATF Form 4473, a form that must be completed by individuals who purchase firearms from federally-licensed firearms dealers.  They also failed to conduct necessary background checks on at least 10 separate occasions.        

Vanacore and Bodytko each pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel to one count of failing to keep a complete and accurate written record in its acquisition and disposition records for firearms, and one count of failing to report the multiple sale of handguns. 

Vanacore also entered a guilty plea on behalf of BMG to one count of making false entries in dealer’s records. Vanacore and BMG are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford on May 28, 2014, and Bodytko is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Shea on June 6, 2014. 

Vanacore and Bodytko face a maximum term of imprisonment of one year and a fine of up to $100,000. This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert M. Spector and Michael Runowicz.
WINEGUY51 March 06, 2014 at 05:07 AM
During the inspection, ATF inspectors found several firearms, including machine guns and silencers," ..something every hunter needs for hunting wild game....
Alissa A. Lisosky March 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM
I'm not excusing Mr. Vanacore's poor decisions, however, it's hard to judge someone who you don't know. In his mind, he's exercising rights granted to him by the U.S. Constitution. His youngest brother was a victim of 9/11 and he constantly feels like the government didn't do enough to protect his brother, to punish the man responsible, among many other things… he's a person who feels that it's his right to possess these "arms," in the event that they may be needed. Not everyone blindly trusts the U.S. Government, and if they can possess such things, then why can't those who do abide by the law? The fact of the matter is that the ATF is also using him to make an example. He made a few comments to the state assembly that he probably shouldn't have, in the heat of a discussion, (where 9/11 did come up), and it was immediately after that, that he was "inspected," etc. There's quite a lot more to this story than is written here, and more than I can even possibly put here. We are all entitled to our feelings, opinions, etc… but let's not judge a man who really hasn't wronged anyone, personally, other than the U.S. Government, and we know how personally they take things, hah. Everyone is entitled to have his day in court… whether it is fair or not, is another argument. Just know that the media doesn't publish the whole story, so of course I can see what you are saying and understand what you mean, and I definitely don't disagree with you.
WINEGUY51 March 20, 2014 at 06:57 AM
In his mind, he's exercising rights granted to him by the U.S. Constitution" b*llsh*t!...he knew he was breaking the law..."case closed"...
WINEGUY51 March 20, 2014 at 01:58 PM
. Just know that the media doesn't publish the whole story," they were arrested for multiple violations...too bad your brain does'nst understand WHAT "LAW BREAKERS" MEANS...IF SOMEONE SHOT YOU CHILD..WOULD YOU BE WHINING LIKE THIS?..LIKE THE BABY YOU ARE?...YOUR A ITIFUL EXAMPLE OF AN ADULT HUMAN BEING...THEY BROKE THE LAw..and we all know it..only you whine for them..says it all about you..the person!
WINEGUY51 March 20, 2014 at 02:00 PM
There's quite a lot more to this story than is written here," and if you keep trying...your fantasy will come true...keep trying "don quixote'..make those windmills the bad guys!..the only on e being fooled here is you!..duh!

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