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Alleged Dealer of Ghost Guns and Machinegun Conversion Devices Arraigned

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Fairfax man was arraigned in federal court here today on charges of dealing in firearms without a license and transferring a machinegun.

According to court documents, Davud Sungur, 20, has never had federal firearms license. Sungur allegedly sold weapons on multiple occasions to undercover detectives with the Fairfax County Police Department’s Organized Crime & Intelligence Bureau, who had learned he was selling firearms. Over the course of four separate transactions, Sungur sold detectives ammunition, magazines, and numerous firearms – some of which were “ghost guns” lacking serial numbers that Sungur claimed to have made himself – in exchange for cash.

According to court documents, on two of these occasions, Sungur allegedly also sold detectives devices he claimed to have made using a 3D printer that, after installation, would enable semi-automatic firearms to fire fully-automatically. The ATF tested the machine gun conversion devices and confirmed that they rendered a semi-automatic firearm capable of firing multiple rounds automatically with a single function of the trigger. Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Sungur’s residence immediately following his arrest and recovered additional evidence, including a MAC-11 subcompact machine pistol and a 3D printer.

Sungur is charged with dealing firearms without a license, and unlawful transfer of a machinegun. A jury trial is scheduled for November 9. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C.; Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Washington Field Division; and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Blanchard is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:20-cr-162.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Public Affairs

Updated July 15, 2020

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