ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The federal government is planning to return 130 antique guns seized from a Vermont gun dealer who once owned a firearm that was later used in a Boston killing.
But federal prosecutors say the remaining 370 weapons taken from the home of Phillip Ciotti of St. Johnsbury on Aug. 3, including at least one short-barreled shotgun and one short-barreled rifle, are being "retained as evidence of federal criminal violations."
The antiques are being returned to Ciotti because the antiques do not meet the federal government's definition of a firearm.
Ciotti, an investigator with the Vermont Board of Medical Practice, 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.
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