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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gunsmith Charged with Converting Firearm to Illegal Machinegun

Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer Sold Weapon to Undercover ATF Agent

          The owner of ‘Joe’s Guns and Stuff,’ a business in Shoreline, Washington was charged today in U.S. District Court in Seattle with two counts of illegal possession of a machinegun, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  DANIEL JOSEPH HUNGERFORD, 73, allegedly modified and sold two illegal firearms to an undercover ATF agent.  The firearms were made to fire in rapid bursts of ammunition – as a machine gun.  Possession of machine guns by private citizens is illegal under federal law.  HUNGERFORD will make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle at 2:00 today.

          According to the criminal complaint, on April 10, 2018, HUNGERFORD sold an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) a .300 Blackout rifle where the lower receiver had been modified to accept an M16 automatic sear. The modifications made the firearm a three round burst machinegun.  When making the sale, HUNGERFORD did not complete any of the required paperwork or conduct a background check as required by federal law.

          On a second visit a few days later, the undercover agent again purchased gun parts that had been modified to create a machinegun.  HUNGERFORD discussed his firearms work with the agent and showed him parts where the serial numbers used to identify the gun manufacturer and registration had been removed.

            Illegal possession of a machinegun is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

            The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

            The case is being investigated by the ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bruce Miyake.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Updated May 9, 2018