Murfreesboro man convicted of gun silencer smuggling
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal jury has convicted a Murfreesboro man of smuggling gun silencers into the United States.
The federal prosecutor’s office in Nashville says evidence showed that 50-year-old Paul Gratton traveled to England and purchased six silencers from a firearms dealer in Sheffield.
Authorities say none of the silencers had serial numbers on them and Gratton shipped some of their parts to the U.S. and put other parts in a checked bag that flew back with him to Tennessee.
The prosecutor’s office says law enforcement agents recovered the silencers at Gratton’s home after getting a search warrant.
The jury convicted him on a number of charges, including unlawful possession of unregistered silencers and illegal shipment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. He faces 10 years in prison.
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