A Massachusetts man is facing a federal gun possession charge after eight phantom handguns and firearm components were found on him, authorities said.
The Justice Department said the firearms found in the possession of 24-year-old Stewart Silvestri contribute to the “continuing plague of gun violence” occurring in Massachusetts and across the country.
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“Furthermore, two of the firearms Mr. Silvestri allegedly possessed were machine guns capable of causing extreme damage, destruction and even mass casualties in the blink of an eye,” said US Attorney Rachael Rollins. “Firearms, including ghost guns, are deadly weapons and those who possess them illegally are a potential threat to the safety of our neighborhoods.”
A federal complaint says law enforcement officers responded to multiple reports of an erratic driver on State Route 95 in Rowley, Massachusetts, stopping at a weigh station. Silvestri allegedly told authorities that he had just come from a gun store in New Hampshire.
He appeared to be sitting on firearms, prosecutors said. During a search of his vehicle, authorities also found eight ghost pistols, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and “numerous” firearm parts, including two firearms that were fully automatic, the Justice Department said.
A Massachusetts State Police news release said Silvestri was found with a handgun with a 50-round drum magazine and other magazines with a variable number of rounds.
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He faces up to 10 years in prison. He appeared in federal court on November 18 and his arrest was ordered.