Minnesota Man Admits to Manufacturing ‘Ghost Guns’
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Minnesota man has admitted manufacturing so-called "ghost guns."
The US Attorney for Minnesota says 21-year-old Jay James Olson has entered a guilty plea to willfully engaging in the business of manufacturing firearms without a license. His sentencing date has not been set.
According to federal court documents, the Sauk Rapids man began manufacturing firearms in the fall of last year even though he has never been a federally licensed manufacturer of firearms. It was alleged that he offered to sell unserialized guns and various accessories, including a silencer, an auto-sear, and high-capacity magazines to an individual for $20,000. Unknown to Olson, the person was a confidential informant for law enforcement.
In April of this year, Olson was accused of selling the confidential informant 16 so-called "ghost guns," nine high-capacity magazines, a silencer, and an auto-sear, which is a device that converts a semi-automatic gun into a full-auto weapon, or "machine gun." That led to searches of residences in Waite Park and Sauk Rapids and the seizure of evidence of gun manufacturing.