A Jackson man pleaded guilty to three gun charges, one of which involved using 3D printers to manufacture gun modifications.
According to a report by Darkhorse Press, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was made aware that Kent Edward Newhouse, 41, was involved in the 3D printing of components, called auto-sears- that effectively convert a semi-automatic into an automatic firearm.
According to the report, Newhouse sold an informant auto-sears and a firearm on July 13. A search warrant was executed a week later on July 20 at Newhouse’s residence.
Upon searching the home, additional auto-sears and firearms were found, as well as videos of Newhouse operating the machine guns.
Newhouse was subsequently apprehended and was charged with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of engaging in business as a manufacturer of firearms. Newhouse was previously convicted in Madison County in 2009 for felony sale of controlled substances.
Newhouse is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. and faces up to 15-years for each count of felon in possession of a firearm and up to 10 years for the manufacturing of firearms.
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