One of the gun shop owners caught in last week's crackdown on illegal assault weapons was also ran a publicly-funded firing range in Suffolk County.
Mark Wroobel 40, of Hunter Sports in Massapequa, also had a generous contract in neighboring Suffolk, to run the taxpayer-funded county firing range.
"I'm just totally disgusted with the thought that this is a person who sold guns illegally and he's making money on suffolk county property," said Suffolk County Legislagtor Kate Browning.
For the past 6 years Wroobel has operated the Suffolk County Trap and Skeet Range in Yaphank.
In the undercover sting, the Nassau DA found that Wroobel sold weapons to customers even after finding out that they had been charged with illegally possessing assault weapons in the past.
Wroobel also runs a gun store at the range, and residents fear illegal guns may have been sold there as well.
"The range opens at 9 o'clock and sometimes there are cars here like at 8:15, 8:30; it's a little suspicious why they're here so early." said Johan McConnell
Supporters of Wroobel and the Range say innocent until proven guilty, and that no way were there illegal weapons being sold here.
"I don't think you can find a rifle in here, period. There are shot guns in there because that is what is used here." said Bill Raab.
Browning and others are calling on suffolk county executive steve levy and suffolk parks commissioner Joseph Montuori to cease operations here at the range.
Dan Aug the communications director for the Levy told PIX 11 News
"given the seriousness of the allegations we're asking the parks commissioner and the county attorney to investigate and report back to us."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times