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Federal agents investigate guns seized in Vermont

August 23, 2011

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Federal firearms agents are headed to Vermont to examine hundreds of guns seized from the homes of an immigration agent and a state investigator.

Philip Ciotti, an investigator with the Vermont Medical Practices Board, and Richard Bernholz, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, are under investigation for their sales of guns at gun shows. No charges have been filed.

Federal prosecutors say Bernholz bought a pistol later used in a shooting in Brockton, Mass., and that a gun used in a Boston killing had been previously purchased by Ciotti.

James Mostyn, lead agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Vermont, says ATF experts from Washington, D.C., are examining the weapons to see if any are antiques exempt from firearms laws.

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