Federal Firearms Charge Added Against Fairfield Man In UNH Gun Scare

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William Dong of Fairfield is now facing a federal charge of bringing an assault weapon into Connecticut from Pennsylvania after a lockdown incident at the University of New Haven. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A Fairfield man charged with carrying two loaded handguns onto the University of New Haven campus in December is now facing a federal charge of bringing an assault weapon into Connecticut from Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly announced Tuesday in a statement.

The federal complaint was unsealed Tuesday when William Dong, 23, appeared in federal court in New Haven. 

In September, Dong traveled to Pennsylvania, purchased a Bushmaster model XM-15-E2S, .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle and transported it back to Connecticut., according to the statement from Daly. 

This firearm is a prohibited assault weapon under Connecticut state law.

On Dec. 3, Dong was arrested by West Haven Police near the University of New Haven campus in West Haven after he was found in possession of two loaded handguns on his person and the loaded Bushmaster rifle, which was seized from his nearby car, the statement said.

A witness noticed the stock of a rifle in Dong's vehicle and called police after seeing him run toward campus, which was placed on lockdown. Dong, a commuter student who lived in Fairfield, was apprehended after walking out of a class, university police said.

Dong told police that he had purchased the rifle from a seller in Pennsylvania in September through an advertisement placed on www.armslist.com, the statement said.

A search of his home on Stratfield Road in Fairfield by police turned up 2,700 rounds of ammunition and a collection of clippings about the deadly 2012 shootings at a theater in Aurora, Colo.

Although it is not unlawful under federal law for an individual to possess this Bushmaster firearm, it is a federal violation for an individual to purchase this firearm outside of Connecticut and travel into the state with it, because it is a prohibited firearm under Connecticut state law, the statement said.

The federal charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Dong faces state charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon and breach of peace. 

Dong, who has been in state custody since his arrest Dec. 3, appeared Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven. He agreed to a federal order of detention and waived his right to a speedy indictment and a probable cause hearing.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the West Haven Police Department to investigate the incident. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Spector is prosecuting the case.

Read more about Dong's arrest and the search of his Fairfield home here and here in The Daily Voice. 

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wilselliott:

M3 driver brings up an interesting point. When comparing the US to the UK, one must account for the fact that in the US, the FBI considers 4 crimes as "violent crimes against a person". In the UK, they account for many addl crimes as falling statistically into the category of violent crime. Even pairing down their #s to compare apples to apples and include only the same 4 used by our FBI, the # in the UK is 775 per 100,000 people, where in the US it is 383 per 100,000. Without the adjustment, the figure is staggeringly greater in the UK. Do your homework before you blindly develop an opinion. A good rule ofthumb might be simply thinking for yourself rather than being spoonfed information by the government.

Dirty Duck:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin. Allow me to restate that number: 600,000. Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world: more men in arms than in Iran. More than France and Germany combined. These men and women deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

M3 Driver:

Your post is a lie.. But hey thanks for the laugh.

wilselliott:

Ajentoranjel is exactly correct. Additionally, compare the cities and states with the strictest of gun laws ( including CT where a madman slaughtered 20 children) , Chicago, etc. Murder rates are higher because law abiding citizens cannot protect themselves. Even Harvard released a study last year supporting the fact that gun ownership saves more lives than it takes. You should all stop arguing about political affiliation and focus on the REAL issues / causes to the violence ....mental illness, family situations, flailing economy causing stresses and the necessity for 2 parent working families and kids being raised by day care centers, etc. CT is populated by sheep who would rather be controlled by government than think for themselves. I missed the state when I had to move for my career, but now I would not return for any reason. Your New Years Day line up for gun surrender ( by honest law abiding citizens) was reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Do you think the criminals were standing in that line to surrender their weapons? Baaaaahhhhhhh.

M3 Driver:

I would suggest that you compare the US to the UK being you like comparisons

Elizabeth G:

its only illegal via CT law since the new laws passed on 4/4/13 and glad it did

Baclgalupe:

This was the correct move...We need to control these dangerous right wingers

Georgeorwell:

So let me get this straight, because he had a concealed carry permit, a license you have to have a totally clean record to obtain, he was patted down? Or was he patted down for the super evil liceanse plate cover? Which one was it? Holy cow. Meanwhile 20 people were murdered in bridge port last year by people with no CCW permits and huge criminal records and they're focusing on law abiding citizens?? This is truly Orwellian. I hope you folks out there vote in November...What a crazy time we live in. Wow. I'm at a loss. SMH

Elizabeth G:

I hope you folks out there vote in November
Oh we will be and we will be voting for everyone that supports gun control

jason parraga.5:

LOOKS LIKE THE ISSUE OF MASS SHOOTING IS A REPUBLICAN ISSUE 1. Nidal Hasan (the Ft. Hood shooter) lived in either Virginia (his state of residence prior to being sent to Ft. Hood) or Texas, neither of which has partisan registration. Therefore the claim that he was a "registered Democrat" is false. I do not know if he voted or how he voted, but I do know that unless he was registered in a state in which he did not reside, that the claim that he is a registered Democrat is FALSE. 2. Since Virginia does not have partisan registration there is also no way to tell whether Seung-Hui Cho was a Democrat, but again because there is no partisan registration in the state we can say that the claim that he is a registered Democrat is FALSE. (Update: A more obvious point is that Cho was a resident alien, not a US citizen, so he was not eligible to vote in the US) 3. The allegation that James Holmes was registered Democrat was based on a Breitbart blogger Joel B. Pollack, who found voter registration records for a DIFFERENT James Holmes who was about the same age. Alex Jones’ Infowars and other right-wing websites then dutifully repeated the lie without verifying it. It was later determined that the Colorado Theater Shooter James Holmes was NOT registered to vote, as evidenced by this retraction: {Newly-released information on the suspect’s birthdate (which, as indicated in our initial report, was a slight mismatch), combined with new details Breitbart News has obtained about the suspect’s likely addresses, together suggest that the suspect may, in fact, not have been registered to vote.}. However, most of right-wing media continued to promote the lie without printing Breitbart sites retraction. The claim that James Holmes was a registered Democrat is FALSE. 4. The claim that Adama Lanza is a registered Democrat has been suggested based not on any evidence that he was registered as one, but on the rather dubious claim that because Connecticut has almost 2 to 1 Democratic registration over Republicans, he was probably a Democrat. (Claim: "Adam Lanza, NewtownConn murderer. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a 2-1 ratio in Connecticut. The odds are therefore that the Lanza family are (sic) Democrats.") This of course is a bogus argument to begin with, but even if we were to make the claim that a mass shooter’s political affiliation must be the same as the majority of the people in his area, we can debunk this foolish idea by taking this shoddy analysis down to the local level. Yes, Connecticut voted for Barack Obama, BUT the city of Newtown voted for Mitt Romney. If we look at the results we find that Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama in Newtown by 7451-6784 votes or 51.7 percent to 47 percent. Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Linda McMahon carried the city over Democrat Chris Murphy by an even larger margin. Add in the other information we have that Lanza’s mother was a “doomsday prepper” and a home schooler in a Republican-leaning city and we can pretty well dispense with the erroneous assumption that Lanza must have been a Democrat (UPDATE: According to at least one media source, Nancy Lanza was a registered Republican. The source does not provide a link, but the author of this article is seeking further confirmation). We can therefore claim that with no evidence to support the claim, the assertion that Lanza was a Democrat is not demonstrated and that in the absence of any evidence it is likely FALSE. 5. Klebold and Harris of course were not old enough to vote and they had no apparent political affiliation. Allegations that they came from families of Democrats or liberal progressives appear to have no sources to substantiate those claims. What little ideology the boys demonstrated owed mostly to an admiration for Timothy McVeigh not Ted Kennedy. Harris’ father was a retired Air Force pilot and Eric Harris wanted to join the Marine Corps. The boys lived in Littleton, Colorado a relatively conservative and affluent suburb of Denver. The claim that their parents were Democrats is UNSUBSTANTIATED. Any suggestion that the two boys were Democrats is demonstrably FALSE. Interestingly, Hedgecock and those on the far right have conveniently overlooked a number of cases where ideology is clearly right-wing. The acts below are instances of right-wing violence that are unequivocally committed by people who are openly hostile to liberalism. While this does not mean these killers are Republicans, it is quite clear that they are RIGHT-WINGERS and that they have far more in common with Mr. Hedgecock, Alex Jones and the other gun-toting conspiracy nuts on the right than with any evils associated with the Democratic Party or liberalism. In addition, to the list below is the obvious case of Timothy McVeigh, who I have not included because his crime was not committed with firearms. It was however, committed by a right-winger and the carnage was on a massive scale. For example, on July 18, 1984 James Oliver Huberty, who told his wife he hated “children, Mexicans and the United States” opened fire inside the McDonald’s Restaurant in San Ysidro, CA using a Browning P-35 Hi-Power 9mm pistol, Winchester 1200 pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, and an Israeli Military Industries 9mm Carbine (Uzi) – all legally acquired. He killed 21 and injured 19 before he was shot dead by police. On Aug. 10, 1999 White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, Jr., fired 70 rounds with an Uzi-type submachine-gun inside the lobby of the Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA wounding three children, a teenage counselor and an office worker. He then carjacked a woman’s Toyota at gunpoint, dumped it behind a motel and murdered US Postal Worker Joseph Santos with a Glock 9mm handgun. On July 27, 2008 Former U.S. Army private, Jim David Atkinsson, who hated Democrats, liberals, African Americans and homosexuals, using a Remington Model 48 12-gauge shotgun, murdered two people and injured seven others inside the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN. The day after Obama’s inauguration, white supremacist Keith Luke went on a killing spree in Brockton, Massachusetts. His goal was to kill as many Jews, blacks and Hispanics as possible. When questioned by investigators, the deranged gunman who had stockpiled hundreds of rounds of ammunition, proclaimed that he was fighting the extinction of the white race. A little over a month later, Donnie Baker, a former Republican campaign volunteer shot seven Chilean immigrants in Florida. Those who knew him said he was obsessed with the fear that illegal immigrants were taking over the country. In April of 2009, Richard Popalowski, a white supremacist in Pittsburgh, shot and killed three police officers following a domestic disturbance call. He apparently thought that Obama was part of a government conspiracy to seize all guns, and he feared the government would take his guns away. Later the same month, a Fort Walton Beach Florida man who thought the Obama administration was conspiring against him, shot and murdered two sheriff’s deputies. On May 31, 2009 Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his own church by a right-wing “pro- life” gun man who decided to express his belief in the sanctity of human life by executing a medical doctor. Eleven days later a right-wing white supremacist and Holocaust denier walked into the National Holocaust Museum and killed an African-American security guard. Two weeks later, three Neo-Nazis were arrested for bombing a diversity office in Scottsdale, Arizona. On April 20, 2010 a member of the Sovereign Citizen movement was arrested after a failed attempt to take over a Tennessee county courthouse. Exactly one month later, in West Memphis Arkansas, Sovereign citizens Jerry and Joe Kane murdered two police officers before they themselves were shot and killed in the ensuing shoot out with police. On July 18, 2010 Byron Williams, an angry unemployed man, was arrested by police after they discovered a car full of weapons and ammunition that he had planned to use to kill progressives. He was on his way to the non-profit Tides Foundation Center, a favorite target of vitriol from Glenn Beck’s radio show. On Jan. 8, 2011 22-year old Jarold Lee Laughner killed six people, including a judge and a nine-year old child, and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), using a 9mm Glock 19 pistol during a public meeting in a supermarket parking lot near Tuscon, AZ. On Aug. 5, 2012 Wade Michael Page, a 40-year old white supremacist and U.S. Army veteran murdered six people and wounded four others inside a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI with a Springfield XD(M) semi-automatic pistol. View Comment

Dirty Duck:

Where in God's name did you find all this nonsense?

Baclgalupe:

Yes Jason I agree it does prove that strict gun laws work. You also make a good point about the repeal of the second amendment and the facts of the US vs the UK. I was surprised to see Paige agree but I guess even the far right wingers realize this is correct. I guess it would take a compete fool not to see these facts

Robby.Rob:

Excellent post Jason and 100 percent correct. Good to see facts for a change on these comment section.

ajentoranjeFTW:

Utter BS. To say Nadal Hasan was a right winger is comical...he was a Muslim terrorist you jackwagon...he's not either left or right. Everything you posted is BS left wing drivel. All the examples you list of mass shootings are lies. Holocaust Museum shooter was not a right wing supremacist...he was a white supremacist. Nazism is a left wing political affiliation... you obviously lack an education. Nazism, fascism, socialism and communism are left wing political ideologies. The political spectrum is left to right with statist/government control on the left, and anarchy/no government on the right. Its comical seeing you try to compare the white supremacists to conservatives when many Nazi's supported Obama's agenda of socialism.

Lanza was a registered Democrat and hated Christians, Columbine shooter's families were registered Democrats, Cho of VTech wrote hate mail to Bush and his staff, Holmes was a Liberal who worked on Obama's campaign staff in Colorado, a member of Occupy (left wing)...and Gifford's shooter Loughner was a registered Independent who hated Bush, and loved abortion and shot Giffords for not doing MORE against Bush. The guy who murdered Tiller.....killed a murderer...so I couldnt care less. Tiller was one of only 4 doctors in the country who performed late term abortions, which are illegal, under the guise of "for the safety of the mother". Im not advocating for anyone to murder anyone, but since its done, good riddance to the butcher...no different than the butcher abortionist Gosnell of Philly, who also was convicted of murder.

Its funny you whine about baby killers getting murdered...but dont shed a tear for the one million babies murdered in this country from abortions every year.

There are more Liberal shooters....You also forgot the shooting of the security guard at the Family Research Council in DC, and Chris Dorner, the cop killer in California who voted for Obama twice, wrote in his manifesto how much he loved Obama and his effort for more gun control. You can cherry pick murders all over the country and claim they are "right wingers" because they were white, but as usual, you are wrong...and wrong on Byron WIlliams too....

In an interview with Media Matters for America, Williams claimed that he chose the Tides Foundation as a target because he believed that American billionaire philanthropist George Soros "has the Tides Foundation and the Tides fund," which he uses "for all kinds of nefarious activities."[7] While some outlets have suggested a link between right wing rhetoric and the shootout, in an interview with Examiner.com, Williams spoke more about his influences, stating that he felt outlets like Fox News Channel were neglectful when it came to organizations like the Tides Foundation, and cited a variety of websites and outlets as influences, including David Icke and Alex Jones."[8]

He hated Fox News and was a follower of Alex Jones. Jones is a conspiracy theorist...not right or left wing....crazy. Regardless...how is this a mass shooting? Oh right... you are spewing more BS.

Lets talk about the plethora of black murders by blacks... who vote 97% for Democrats....using your logic, its obvious that 99% of all murders in this country are perpetrated by Liberals and Democrats. You're an idiot.

Elizabeth G:

ajentoranjeFTW why do you hate facts????

ajentoranjeFTW:

What terrible reporting. It is not illegal to buy a Bushmaster "assault weapon" from out of state. Its not illegal via Federal laws....its only illegal via CT law since the new laws passed on 4/4/13.

Anyone can purchase rifles out of state...there is nothing in the story above stating he didnt pass a background check when he bought it, so its not a Federal issue. Hey Norwalk Daily Voice...learn the laws so you can report on it correctly...otherwise, you just continue to look like fools.