Local man arrested for allegedly selling illegal assault weapon

A Meriden Waterbury Turnpike man was arrested by state police on allegations that he illegally sold an assault weapon.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, detectives assigned to the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force, with assistance from the Southington Police Department, arrested Michael Badgley, 25, of 2786 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike on an arrest warrant for the illegal sale of an assault weapon (machine gun).

During an investigation, undercover detectives were able to buy an AR-15 assault rifle that was illegally modified to fire as a machine gun from accused Badgley. Badgley was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives then executed a search warrant at Badgley’s residence, where they seized two more high capacity magazines, a scope, and ammunition for the machine gun.

Badgley was transported to Troop H in Hartford for processing and charged with multiple firearms related charges.  He was held on a $500,000 surety bond and was scheduled to appear for arraignment at the Bristol Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 13.SouthingtonAR15arrest

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