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Jackson man admits to using 3D printers to make weapons

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Jackson man has pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of carrying on business as a firearms manufacturer. fire.

According to court documents, Kent Edward Newhouse, 41, owned firearms on or about July 13, 2022 and July 20, 2022, and was engaged in manufacturing firearms from April to July 2022.

In April 2022, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered through a confidential informant that Newhouse was using 3D printers to manufacture auto-sears, which are components of firearms designed to operate semi-automatic firearms like fully automatic machine guns.

Under federal law, auto-sears are themselves machine guns. On July 13, 2022, Newhouse sold a confidential informant a gun and several auto-sears. On July 20, 2022, a search warrant was executed at the Newhouse residence, where additional firearms and automatic triggers were located.

The government also obtained videos of Newhouse using fully functional machine guns. Newhouse had previously been convicted of criminal sale of controlled substances in Madison County in 2009.

Newhouse will be sentenced on December 2, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count of felony possession of a firearm; and 10 years and a $250,000 fine for doing business as a firearms manufacturer.