Holyoke Man charged with illegal machine gun stockpile

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The 56-year-old allegedly lied and told officers that the guns belonged to his son and his girlfriend.

A Holyoke man is accused of accumulating several unregistered guns and conversion devices that can cause a shotgun to act like a machine gun.

Daniel Augusto, 56, was convicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on one count of illegal possession of machine guns, six counts of illegal possession of unregistered firearms and one count of making false statements to the FBI, according to United States Was arrested on Friday. Attorney Rachel Rollins’ office.

A February 23, 2022, indictment alleges that Augusto possessed unregistered firearms, magazines and silencers, including more than 40 conversion devices and forced reset triggers that are classified as machine guns under federal law. .

“Guns are lethal weapons. There are strict requirements regarding the licensing and registration of firearms,” ​​Rollins Told in a press release. “Illegal possession of firearms and, moreover, machine guns, poses a great threat to the safety of our communities. Gun laws are in place for a reason. The conduct alleged here is very serious. My office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that the Identify and prosecute those who try to bring lethal weapons into our communities.”

Prosecutors say Augusto lied to federal agents when he said that all the firearms at his home belonged to his son and his girlfriend and that he never asked the pair to buy weapons.

The charges include up to 75 years in prison, fines of up to $2 million, and the confiscation of illegally possessed firearms.

Special Agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, James M. “The illegal possession of unregistered machine guns is a federal crime that the ATF takes very seriously because it threatens the safety of our communities,” Ferguson said. Boston Field Division. “ATF has had a long and productive relationship with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in combating violent crime and preventing the illegal possession of legally registered firearms.”

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