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Columbiana man reaches plea deal in unlicensed gun silencer probe

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A Columbiana County man has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors who accused him of violating firearms regulations.  On Monday, Brent See pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to three counts of possessing unregistered firearms.

A charge of violating rules for businesses manufacturing firearms was dismissed.

Federal agents said that See was investigated for making, dealing and possessing unregistered and unlicensed silencers.

According to documents filed in U.S. district court in Youngstown, agents from the U.S. Postal Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched See's Signal Road home in Fairfield Township last  January.

An ATF agent says he made internet purchases of three kits which were assembled to make a device that diminishes the report of a firearm. The agent says that the purchases were traced back to See.

The search inventory indicates that during the search on See's home, agents seized numerous parts that could be used to make silencers, also known as suppressors.

In addition, agents removed a dozen firearms, numerous containers of ammunition, magazines, computers and paperwork.

Court documents said the search and seizure was in relation to an investigation into the manufacture of firearms without having paid a special occupational tax; possessing and transporting an unregistered firearm; possessing a firearm not identified by a serial number and engaging in firearms business without a license.

See will be sentenced in October.
 

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