Former Gun Shop Employee Krystopher DiBella Pleads Guilty to Illicit Gun Dealing

| by Amanda Schallert
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A former employee of an East Windsor gun shop, which has served as the root of multiple incidents involving gun misuse and theft in recent years, said he was guilty of giving firearms to customers who failed to answer questions on a federal form required for the purchase of guns.

Krystopher DiBella, 25, pleaded guilty before a judge on Monday, announcing that he had encouraged customers to not fill out parts of a gun purchasing form, according to the Journal Inquirer. DiBella, a resident of West Suffield, worked for Riverview Gun Sales from about 2008 to August 2012, according to Patch.com.

Controversy and dishonesty cloud the track record of Riverview Gun Sales, which has repeatedly reported questionable numbers regarding its gun inventory in recent years. Multiple thefts and unsettling sales choices also trace back to the firearms shop.

The store sold a gun to the mother of Adam Lanza, who killed 26 people — 20 of them children — at a Newtown elementary school six months ago. The massacre sparked a debate about firearms across the U.S. and the Obama administration pushed for tougher gun control laws  in the months that followed it.

Republican and Democratic legislators clashed over the proposal of stricter gun laws after the massacre, with Republican gun rights advocates ultimately winning the struggle in Congress and blocking effective firearms measures from passing. 

Gun proponents have deemed stricter gun laws a violation of their rights, citing the second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects Americans' rights to bear arms.

Riverview Gun Sales has experienced numerous robberies of which its employees have claimed to be unaware. Among the people who have stolen large numbers of guns from the store is John Marsh, a 26-year-old charged with larceny, robbery and carrying of dangerous weapons.

Sources: Journal Inquirer, Patch.com