BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Authorities say an assault-style rifle and military-grade ammunition capable of piercing body armor were among 45 illegal weapons and ammunition seized during a nine-month investigation in Bridgeport.

Police Chief Joseph Gaudett tells the Connecticut Post ( that a task force made multiple arrests using warrants last week and that more arrests are expected. He announced three arrests during a news conference Tuesday.

Gaudett says he’s unsure how the weapons ended up in Bridgeport but that police will track their origins.

Mayor Bill Finch says one weapon seized, known as a “Street Sweeper,” is a machine gun “capable of doing tremendous damage” and that such weapons don’t belong on the streets.

About 400 weapons were collected during a gun buyback program last winter, including about a dozen assault weapons.
Information from: Connecticut Post,

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