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Richard Avino clearly comes across as someone suffering from what sounds like someone in a bit of a mental health crisis, so we’re glad he was taken into custody by the North Haven (CT) Police Department and that his firearms were removed from his possession for safekeeping.  But look at what the laughably named “Constitution State” considers to be “assault weapons.”

A North Haven man was arrested after he approached a woman’s car early Sunday morning with a “banned assault weapon” because he thought someone was watching him, according to police.

The unidentified woman told police that she was parked at a North Haven Medical Center around 12:45 a.m. That’s when she told police that a man, who was later identified as Richard Avino, approached her vehicle with a rifle in hand.  The woman told police that Avino “pointed” a rifle that was “equipped with a red laser sight” at her.

Police located Avino at his home on Nettleton Avenue later that morning and arrested him.

During a search of Avino’s home, officers determined that he did not possess the proper permits to own the rifle in question. Officers located a second assault weapon in the home and seized six firearms total from the residence.

“Assault weapons?”



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