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April 17, 2013

Assault rifle seller sold online without license

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ST. PAUL —

According to court documents in this case, an undercover ATF agent agreed to purchase a semi-automatic rifle that the man had bought at Mills Fleet Farm for about $579, including tax, but was selling online for a base price of $825.

The man changed his mind about the sale, saying that since the buyer was in Minnesota, he could purchase the gun at Mills Fleet Farm at a cheaper price. All of the man's other online sales from August through October were to buyers in other states, prosecutors said.

On the day the man cancelled the sale, the ATF got two calls from someone whom they believed to be this man, asking if he would need a federal firearms license to sell weapons online.

When asked if he was trying to make a profit, the man said: "I don't mean to make a profit, but I am," court documents said. After the ATF advised that he'd need a license, the man sold and shipped two rifles to another undercover agent at a Las Vegas address, making a profit on each weapon.

Days later, agents searched his houses and found 56 assault rifles, binders with records of fire sales, gun tags, and other items at his Lake Crystal home. They also found three rifles at his home in Crystal, and the man turned over another rifle from his car.

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