Two California Men Indicted for Trafficking “Ghost Guns”

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — -(AmmoLand.com)- A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment today against Juan Manriquez, 20, of Antioch, and Andrew Tuma, 19, of Sacramento, charging them with unlawful manufacturing and dealing in firearms, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Tuma used the Snapchat app to advertise narcotics and guns for sale. Law enforcement used undercover officers and a confidential informant to buy guns from Tuma. Tuma is 19 years old and cannot legally purchase a gun in the state of California.

Instead, Tuma ordered kits from the internet, including from a company called Polymer80, a licensed firearms manufacturer in Nevada, and manufactured his own firearms and then sold the guns.

As part of the undercover investigation, law enforcement purchased firearms from Manriquez. Manriquez sold both commercially manufactured guns that had been converted to machine guns and privately made firearms without serial numbers (commonly called “ghost guns”).

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lee is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Tuma and Manriquez face a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally-based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

San Francisco Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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2gats
2gats (@2-gats)
29 days ago

AMMOLAND – stop providing a forum for ATF child killers. Let them go somewhere else to spout their propaganda

Fu** them and their extended families

swmft
swmft (@swmft)
29 days ago

government is selling drugs, states have done whatever they want and the small fish is what they chase. two faced bs ,dont like drugs but dislike corrupt self important aficionados more

Stag
Stag (@eriggle83)
29 days ago

Looks like the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.

Hazcat
Hazcat (@havoc816)
29 days ago

Never and I mean NEVER, work with the ATF for any reason. That includes fluffy sounding operations like ‘Project Safe Neighborhood’. There are state and local laws for everything, screw the Feds. All of them!

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
1 month ago

The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Clearly, the government’s LEGAL recourse in reference to firearms is; “shall not be infringed.’ Any government agency, legislator, judge, lawyer, agent or worker who would delay or deny a free American citizen’s right to keep and bear arms is treasonous to the oath of office they swore to defend. There is a legitimate, righteous, legal and very final penalty for treason (and tyranny). America, the United States of America, came into existence in large part to tyranny and treason as delivered by king George and the… Read more »

I Haz A Question
I Haz A Question (@ihazaquestion)
29 days ago

Well said.

“The Constitution of these U.S. is the supreme law of the land. Any law that is repugnant to the constitution is null and void of law.”
(Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137 [1803])

I would also add:

“If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.”
(Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262)