Police Arrest Man After He Failed Background Check Trying to Buy Gun

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP -- Police were called to a gun shop in Luzerne County Wednesday after a potential buyer was flagged in the system.

A clerk at United Gun Supply along Route 315 in Plains Township said a man came in to buy a gun around 11 a.m. The red flags went up when he ran a background check on him.

Police arrived and arrested Joseph Bagnato of Pittston.

The clerk believes this was an example of how not just anyone can come in off the street and buy a gun.

Bagnato faces charges for lying on a handgun purchase application among other charges. He was transferred to state police custody.

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