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Westport Man Facing Charges After Police Discover Banned Assault Weapon

William Stenson
William Stenson Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- No good deed goes unpunished. A Westport man is facing weapons charges after police discovered a banned assault weapon and 13 high-capacity magazines that a friend turned in to Westport Police on Jan. 20, police said.

William Stenson, 68, of 55A Saugatuck Ave., was charged with one count of possession of an assault weapon and 13 counts of possession of high-capacity magazines.

Police said a friend of Stenson's turned in multiple firearms and ammunition to Westport Police for safe keeping. The firearms belong to Stenson, police said.

After the inventory and examination of the weapons, ammunition, and magazines, one of the weapons was determined to be an assault weapon, police said. The weapon has a telescoping (collapsible) stock, and a forward pistol grip. This type of weapon is restricted according to the assault weapon ban.

Stenson did not have this weapon registered nor did he possess a certificate to possess such assault weapon, police said. He was also in possession of a total of 13 high-capacity magazines (which accommodate more than 10 rounds of ammunition), police said. A warrant was submitted to Norwalk Court for Stenson’s arrest, and he was arrested on Tuesday.

His bond was set at $5,000 and his first scheduled court date was Thursday.

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