RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities on Long Island made a huge gun bust on Thursday.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced the seizure of more than 300 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition from a home in Centereach.
“We see weapons all over the place,” Spota said. “More than 85 illegal handguns and 250 rifles, shotguns and what you will see is a machine gun. This fellow had more firepower than the detectives when they went to search the house. And those weapons, his room overlooks that high school.”
Jay Steiner allegedly ran an illegal gunsmithing business out of his home within 300 feet of Centereach High School property.
But in an exclusive interview with CBS 2, Steiner contended that he did nothing wrong.
“They were locked up and unloaded. I taught firearms safety. As an instructor, I know what to do to safeguard firearms,” Steiner told CBS 2. “What they said I’m doing isn’t illegal, not as I did it, not as I understand the law.”
But Spota said the loaded weapons were found in open drawers and elsewhere around the house.