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Chilton Man Sentenced for Violating the Arms Export Control Act

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

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on December 16, 2019 Andy Lloyd Huebschmann, 59, of Chilton, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 24 month in federal prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, United States Code, Sections 2778(b)(2) and 2778(c), and Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 121.1, 123.1, and 127.1.

According to court filings, Huebschmann manufactured numerous firearms and firearm-parts for an Australian criminal and gun-enthusiast. These included rifle kits, which contained the component parts for rifles that could function with either semi-automatic or fully automatic triggers, and 1911 firearm frames that could be assembled into completed pistols. Huebschmann exported those items from the United States to Australia illegally, failing to obtain the required export licenses and shipping guns in containers designed to hide the presence of firearms.

While handing down his sentence, U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach noted the “extremely dangerous nature of the crime” that “called out for punishment.”  Judge Griesbach noted Huebschmann’s considerable cooperation with authorities as well as his low likelihood to reoffend. But those positive factors were overridden by the strong need to deter others from engaging in this type of criminal behavior.

In addition to the prison sentence, Huebschmann was ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and will spend one year on supervised release following his release. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca Taibleson.

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Updated December 16, 2019