New Britain felon barred from having guns facing as many as 20 years in prison on federal charges alleging he was caught with pistol, ammunition

Published on Thursday, 16 June 2022 13:20


A New Britain man has been indicted on federal charges after authorities say he was in possession of a gun despite being disqualified from having a firearm.

Luis Javier Lopez, 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury this week in New Haven.

He faces one count each of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon. Each charge carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Lopez was allegedly found on Feb. 26 with a loaded Taurus G3 9mm pistol and a magazine containing 9mm ammunition.

According to federal officials, Lopez has been previously convicted in state court of possession with intent to sell a controlled substance.  

“It is a violation of federal law for a person previously convicted of a felony offense to possess a firearm or ammunition that has moved in interstate or foreign commerce,” federal authorities wrote in a statement about the indictment.

Lopez has been in custody since he was arrested by Hartford police on Feb. 26 on state-level charges. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 16 June 2022 13:20. Updated: Thursday, 16 June 2022 13:22.