Ridgefield man’s weapons case continued to September
DANBURY — The case of a Ridgefield man who police say had a cache of weapons in his home has been continued to next month.
Mark Albin, 50, is scheduled to appear Sept. 27 at the Superior Court in Danbury on weapons charges stemming from an incident at his home in March.
It all started when Ridgefield police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call, made by Albin’s son, at the Tackora Trail residence on March 28.
Police found 16 assault weapons, 76 unregistered high-capacity magazines and six silencers inside the home and charged Albin with illegal bomb manufacturing, possession of a sawed-off shotgun/silencer, illegal possession of an assault weapon and illegal possession of a large magazine.
He was also charged with one count of disorderly conduct.
A live grenade and components to build seven more, six unmarked AR-15-type rifles, and homemade silencers were among the items seized from Albin’s home, according to court documents.
Albin, who pleaded not guilty to all four weapons charges, said he bought most of the guns when he was younger.
“Just like an antique car, they go up in value,” he said back in April.
Albin said he built several of the firearms in his basement and never registered them because they were made by hand without a serial number.
He said all of his guns were stored in a safe.
“I’m a mechanic, not a gunsmith,” Albin said. “I like building stuff from scratch, that’s all. And there’s plenty of documentation on the internet that’s readily available to anybody who wants to build guns from scratch.”
Of the assault weapons included in a photo released by the Ridgefield Police Department, Albin said between five to seven were guns he assembled at home from parts he ordered online.
“They’re legally made, homemade guns. That’s what blew a gasket with the Ridgefield police,” he said. “They’re not 3D-printed ghost guns.”
As for the six silencers, Albin said he assembled those from parts he bought off Amazon. The devices are made to look like “solvent traps,” he said.
Albin has hired criminal defense attorney Eugene Riccio to represent him in court.