Newton Gun Store Loses License After School Shooting

The gun store that sold the weapons used in the Newton school shooting has had its license revoked by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

David LaGuercia, the owner of Riverview Gun Sales in East Windsor, Connecticut, said that he was absolutely appalled to learn that guns from his store were used in the Newton school shooting.

Shortly after the shooting, LaGuercia said: “There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child, and I am absolutely appalled that the product that was sold several years ago would be used in this type of crime… Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and, as a father of three, I know firsthand of a parent’s loss and it’s the worst nightmare.”

ATF spokeswoman Deb Seifert confirmed that the Newton gun store had lost its license but did not provide an exact reason as to why it was revoked. Seifert said that the license was revoked on December 20 and that the time to appeal the decision had expired.

Seifert said: “It’s been revoked. It’s final at this point.”


According to The Journal News, the ATF raided Riverview Gun Sales shortly after Adam Lanza killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary school. ATF agents found that the store sold at least one gun used in the school shooting to Nancy Lanza in 2010. It appears that the gun was sold legally.

According to Raw Story, Riverview Gun Sales also sold the weapons used in a shooting that killed nine people at a Harford Distributors warehouse.

Riverview Gun Sales is still selling ammunition, clothes, and accessories.