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State Police: Southington Man Found in Possession of Modified Machine Gun

State police said a Thursday sting by the Statewide Narcotics Task Force led to the arrest of a Southington man who sold an undercover officer an AR-15 modified to act as a machine gun.

Credit: Connecticut State Police.
Credit: Connecticut State Police.
A Southington man is facing multiple firearms charges after a state police investigation revealed he was allegedly selling modified AR-15 models that acted as machine guns.

Officers with the Statewide Narcotics Task Force took Michael Badgley, of 2786 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike in Southington, into custody Thursday after allegedly retrieving multiple weapons including a modified AR-15 that had been sold to officers.

“During this 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,” said Lt. J. Paul Vance. “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 charged with illegal sale of an assault weapon, along with other firearms-related charges, Vance said.

He was taken into custody without incident and held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. Badgley is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment today.

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