The defendants worked as forklift operators during the trade show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and participated in the theft of dozens of weapons, including machine guns and rifles.
The Las Vegas office of the ATF was notified of the thefts and launched an investigation with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center.
According to the criminal complaint, the stolen weapons included the following:
- Remington machine guns, rifles and pistols;
- Denel Land Systems machine guns;
- Mauser rifles;
- Glock pistols;
- Sauer & Sohn rifles; and
- Advanced Armament silencers.
The defendants were charged with a litany of firearm offenses. Let’s take a look at each.
Possession of a Stolen Firearm
Possession of a stolen firearm is illegal pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute § 205.275. This offense can be charged as an aggravated felony and/or a “crime of moral turpitude” under Nevada law.
Possession of an Unregistered Firearm
Under Nevada law, specifically Nevada Revised Statute § 202, having a weapon without a permit is a Category C felony. If convicted, it carries a potential prison sentence between one and five years, along with a fine of up to $10,000.
Theft of a Firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee
There is a federal law, specifically 27 CFR § 478.33a, prohibits an individual from stealing, unlawfully taking, or carrying away from the person or premises of a person licensed to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms.
Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun
Federal law, specifically 18 U.S. Code § 922 (o), prohibits the possession of machine guns unless the individual was lawfully possessed and registered prior to May of 1986. Unlawful possession of a machine gun is a federal felony offense that can be punished by up to ten years in federal prison, and a massive monetary fine of up to $250,000.
State and Federal Authorities
As you can see, being charged with a weapons offense is quite serious. You could be subjected to an intense investigation by both state and federal law enforcement, along with state and federal criminal charges.
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