Ridgefield man facing weapons charges gets court hearing continued

A cache of rifles and other firearms were seized from a Tackora Trail home Thursday, March 28. The weapon’s owner, Mark Albin, is scheduled to appear in court June 5. — Ridgefield Police Department photo

The hearing for a Ridgefield man accused of building an explosive device in his house, as well as possessing unregistered assault weapons, silencers, and high-capacity magazines, has been continued to Aug. 6, according to his attorney.

Mark Albin, 49, was arrested on March 28 at his Tackora Trail home, after police responded to a domestic disturbance call made by his son. Police told Albin they would need to hold his firearms, which led to the discovery of the cache of weapons.

He was charged with one felony count of illegal bomb manufacturing, one felony count of possession of a sawed-off shotgun/silencer, misdemeanor illegal possession of an assault weapon, and illegal possession of a large magazine, an infraction.

He was also charged with disorderly conduct for the domestic disturbance, which he described as an argument with his wife.

In interviews, Albin described himself as a hobbyist who bought several of the firearms and magazines before the state’s laws banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines went into effect following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. He said he had also built several of the guns at home.

Albin said the explosive device, which was disabled by the State Police bomb squad, was components for a tear-gas grenade that he purchased online — “it wasn’t even assembled,” he said.

He is being represented by attorney Eugene Riccio, a Fairfield criminal defense lawyer.

Albin was released from custody in March after his bail was reduced from $100,000 to $50,000 for the weapons charges, and $500 for the domestic disturbance charge.

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