So now we know that the Niantic man who was arrested two years ago for dealing drugs and possessing a veritable arsenal of weapons was sentenced to four years in prison today.
The East Lyme police busted Curtiss “Nipps” Nichols on an informant’s tip in November 2007. He was strapped with a .25-caliber auto pistol, brass knuckles and plenty of cash when the cops picked him up at the Lyme Tavern. When they searched his home, police found an assortment of different guns, a bunch more drugs and an IED booby-trap device, whatever that means.
That’s one hell of a resume, but the most interesting part of the story gets buried.
In the second-to-last graf, we learn this little factoid:
Most of the weapons seized from Nichols will be destroyed, with the exception of a Benelli shotgun and two Bushmaster Rifles, which will be turned over to the East Lyme Police Department at the department’s request.
I know very little about guns, but a little research shows that Bushmaster rifles, are pretty f-ing serious. And Benelli shotguns, apparently, are no joke either. I think it’s unusual that the cops can just keep these seized weapons. To be clear this isn’t a gun-control argument (though, I do think having fewer, not more, assault rifles in the world is probably better than not). The police must be pretty certain that the guns were never used in any crimes, but I wouldn’t mind finding out just how common this is.