A U.S. airman assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base is in federal custody after military investigators searching his KAFB residence found a cache of 17 firearms, two silencers, large amounts of ammunition and bomb-making instructions. The photographs found on his cellphone showed the names of mass shooters written on white ink on AR-15 magazines.
He formally has been charged with possessing a silencer and unlawful importation of a firearm – the silencer he allegedly ordered from a Chinese company.
Federal law enforcement in Albuquerque have been paying close attention to gun parts coming out of China, including silencers and automatic conversion devices called auto-sears.
A device for reducing the noise emitted by a gun or other loud mechanism.
A combination of parts converting a weapon to shoot automatically.
The single addition of this auto sear to certain semiautomatic rifles will convert such rifles into machine guns.