By Bob Owens
Stag Arms officials were warned previously by the ATF that their horrific record-keeping practices in a heavily-regulated industry were going to get them in trouble. The company clearly didn’t take that warning seriously, and when ATF inspectors rolled around again in a follow-up inspect and found numerous rifles—including machine guns—”missing,” they had no choice but to hammer the company, and force the owner out of the gun business.
The former owner of a company that makes military-style rifles has been sentenced to probation and the company fined $500,000 for violating federal firearms laws.
Mark Malkowski was sentenced to two years of probation and personally fined $100,000 during the sentencing hearing Tuesday in federal court in Hartford.
Malkowski and the company, New Britain-based Stag Arms, had pleaded guilty to charges including possession of a machine gun not registered to the company and failure to maintain proper firearms records.
Deirdre Daly, Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney, said sloppy record-keeping and a failure to comply with regulations left the company unable to account for hundreds of weapons, including fully automatic guns.
“Stag displayed a systemic and egregious disregard of federal firearms regulations,” she said in a statement. “The company was unable to account for hundreds of semi-automatic rifles …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms