AK-47 Machine Gun Sale At Westminster Mall Results In Federal Indictment

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Federal agents this month won an indictment against an Orange County man who allegedly sold an illegal, fully automatic, AK-47 assault rifle to an undercover officer for $2,500.

Though he hasn't publicly declared his stance on the case, Steven Sargon Atneyel is free from custody on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to face arraignment this afternoon inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

According to a federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent, Atneyel may have been motivated to sell the AK-47 because an ex-girlfriend was aware of the gun and worried she might squeal on him.

Atneyel--an Orange resident who was born in 1985 and has worked at Weistec Engineering in Santa Ana--unwittingly met the undercover officer at the Westminster Mall parking lot for the cash sale that included a 30-round magazine, according to an ATF report of the transaction.

Government officials allege the defendant fretted in pre-sale text messages about being caught and admitted he possessed a stash of illegal weapons.

Assistant United States Attorney Robyn Kali Bacon, who works in the Department of Justice's Violent and Organized Crime Section based in Los Angeles, is prosecuting the case.

A federal judge has not yet been selected to preside.

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Thai To
Thai To

I dunno but $2500 for a AK is pricey...

Thai To
Thai To

False accusation! I was purchasing high end nerf machine guns at target for the kids

Thai To
Thai To

Phi Pham Robb TheGeneral Lee

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

I wonder how much they were asking to get for each rifle..few hundy maybe?

blk85gts
blk85gts

when u add the word "federal" in ur arrest,ur gonna get at less 10 years! 

Drew Boo
Drew Boo

residual income is what its about!!! start for free would u pay $25 to have a biz that has 10-30 people payin u $25 msg me

bphood
bphood

its not a machine gun until you put a 5 horse power lawnmower engine on it....I think...maybe

Rebecca Owens
Rebecca Owens

^^. Wow. You've won the debate with intelligence. Nope, whoops, just whiny name calling.

Damon Tordini
Damon Tordini

It's a machine gun as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934. But yeah, it "only" fires 600 rounds per minute.

El Coico
El Coico

Machine gun, lol. Pendejo.

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

wow.... and I'm so old, I remember when the Westminster Mall was brand new, full of light and promise, a simpler time. Now this??

Christina Marie Barragan
Christina Marie Barragan

The guy worked in Santa Ana & met the undercover in the Westminster mall parking lot... This headline is bullshit

Christina Marie Barragan
Christina Marie Barragan

Lmao!!! Wtf?! We didn't sell these at Macy's or I woulda bought one with my employee discount! \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Sergio Candelario
Sergio Candelario

AK-47 is not a machine gun. Its a rifle!!!! its like saying a a sedan is a monster truck!!!

Stacey Vargas
Stacey Vargas

Rhonda Vargas- Did you and Grant get busted?! ;)

alljacktyler
alljacktyler

Obviously, the Second Amendment fully protects this sort of transaction, though.  As a result of such wilful ignorance, lots of money will be misdirected to the judicial and prison systems and society at large will receive no benefit.  Figures.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

All this debate about gun control and yet you can still circumvent any safeguards put in place if you buy it out of someone's trunk. Doesn't help me sleep at night.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

Yo, Chris J. Caroselli & Jorge Cortez: I must have been relying on that "fucking libtard" Ronald Reagan, who called the AK-47 "a machine gun," during a 1989 speech. Don't you boys get all of your thinking/marching orders from the Gipper's utterances?

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@vegandawg23 

Oh give me a break. I'm a "liberal" and my views on guns and gun control don't exactly fall in lock-step with some of my counterparts.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@fishwithoutbicycle @fishingblues


Nothing wrong with learning to shoot for sport.  However, in all seriousness, do not get a weapon for protection unless you are willing to shoot someone and very possibly kill them.  

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@bphood 

LOL

I shave my armpits...for the same reason some of my guy friends do: it's very effective in reducing body odor...so folks won't think it's the "pits" to be around us. :-D

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