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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Fort Wayne Men Charged

With Firearm Offenses

FORT WAYNE – Nathan Kaiser, age 48 and Leary Kaiser, age 20, both of Butler, Indiana were charged in separate indictments with multiple firearm related offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

According to documents in this case, Nathan Kaiser, the owner of Darkside Armory, a Federal Firearms Licensee, was charged in a 17 count indictment with possession of an unregistered machine gun, unregistered silencers and a bump stock device in violation of the National Firearm Act.  Leary Kaiser, an employee of Darkside Armory, was charged in a 4 count indictment with falsifying ATF form 4473 to indicate more firearms were purchased than what actually occurred during the transaction and also for lying to agents about these falsifications. 

U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “The alleged charges here should send a strong message that illegal weapon possession and falsification of firearm related purchase documents will not be tolerated. I wish to commend ATF for their hard work on this case and their commitment to public safety that flows from compliance with the National Firearms Act requirements.”

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the Judge after a consideration of federal statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith.   



Firearms Offenses
Updated August 6, 2020