Grenade launcher, 100 other weapons seized in New York


The Associated Press

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.- Two men were arrested after investigators uncovered a stockpile of 100 weapons at their homes that included assault rifles, submachine guns and a grenade launcher.

John Acompora, 46, and Gregory Brozski, 57, were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. They both pleaded not guilty and were released until later court dates.

"Simply put, there is absolutely no legitimate purpose to possess any of these weapons, no legitimate purpose at all," said prosecutor Thomas Spota.

Acting on a tip, investigators searched Acompora's home Sunday in West Islip on Long Island and seized about 50 weapons, they said.

Investigators searched Brozski's New York City home Tuesday and seized approximately 50 more weapons, including four Uzi submachine guns and a grenade launcher, prosecutors said.

Acompora's attorney, Frank Panetta, said his client has cooperated and did not believe he was doing anything wrong.

Brozski did not have an attorney at his arraignment, prosecutors said.

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