Norwalk man in court facing charges of possession of large capacity magazines


NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is in court after police found a stockpile of weapons in his Norwalk home.

22-year-old Brandon Wagshol is appearing in court Friday. Wagshol was arrested after the FBI was tipped off that he was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines, according to police.

Officers searched Wagshol’s house on Wednesday.They found two guns, ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet, and camouflage clothes. The guns are registered to his father.

Wagshol is charged with four counts of Illegal Possession of large capacity magazines.

Police say Wagshol has made a Facebook post showing interest in committing a mass shooting.

Wagshol appeared in court on Thursday and his official statement was released:

“On 8/15/2019 I was arrested on high capacity magazine charges by Officer Lipelka. Once brought to the Norwalk Police Department I was brought to the Detective Bureau for an interview. I was given a Miranda waiver form which I read and signed by Special Agent Lohmann of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. At which time I agreed to speak with both.

I drove to Halstead, New Hampshire from Norwalk, CT in about 3 hours to acquire 30 round magazines and ammunition to circumvent what I viewed as an unconstitutional restriction on the second amendment. I purchased 4 30 round magazines and 120 rounds of 300 Blackout ammunition for the firearm training. I plan on building an 80% rifle kit which I purchased online from Ceratec in California. The optics, camouflage clothing, and body armor were for the purposes of firearms training. I plan on completing the 80% firearm at my friend Alex’s house in Easton. I did not have the intention of committing any mass shootings at all whatsoever. I am not being coerced in any way, shape or form, and this statement is being given by my own free will.”

Brandon Wagshol

Wagshol is dues back in court September 6th.

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