Federal authorities charged eight California men with making and distributing homemade guns equipped with silencers.
Undercover agents representing the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms bought or seized over 230 assault-style weapons in California’s central valley.
Because many of the seized weapons are considered “ghost guns,” or guns that could be untraceable due to lack of serial numbers, they could have been sold without background checks or documentation.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said; “High-capacity assault rifles, with silencers but without serial numbers, are some of the most lethal weapons that criminals can get their hands on.”
Three of the eight men charged are also facing drug related charges.
Other charges include unlicensed firearm dealing, unlawful manufacture of firearms, possession of silencers, short-barreled rifles, firearms without serial numbers, and conspiracy.
Once the undercover agents began to contact the men last February, the group increased its manufacture of the illicit weapons.
Attorney Wagner said that he couldn’t remember as many guns being seized in one undercover operation in his 20 years as a federal prosecutor.
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