Southington man pleads guilty to having pistol without permit, high capacity magazine

Published on Friday, 25 January 2019 17:16


SOUTHINGTON - A Southington man who prosecutors say was assembling ghost guns and selling them over the Internet was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday.

Hao Quac Lam, 24, of 35 Darling St., Apt. Q, accepted a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to one count each of carrying a pistol without a permit and illegal possession of a large capacity magazine, during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. 

Lam was arrested Nov. 20 after authorities from multiple agencies searched his apartment and a local storage unit, following up on an anonymous tip that led them to believe someone was trying to sell an assault rifle. Police found two assault rifles, a handgun without a permit and 29 high capacity magazines.

Lam was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of 18 months, and three years of probation. Prosecutors agreed to drop a number of charges in the plea deal, including two counts of possession of an assault weapon and 28 counts of possession of a high capacity magazine.

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

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 25 January 2019 17:16. Updated: Friday, 25 January 2019 17:19.