A Blackwell firefighter is accused of selling an unregistered, Russian-made AK-47 machine gun to an undercover police officer in exchange for $2,000.
Blackwell police officer John Robert Harvey also is charged in the case.
Federal prosecutors said Troy Ron Aebischer, 30, sold the gun Feb. 28 to Blackwell police officer Bobby Kehn, who had contacted the department's chief when Aebischer initially offered him the weapon.
Prosecutors said Harvey, 26, brought the weapon into the country illegally from Afghanistan during a recent “military deployment.”
Records show he sold the weapon to Aebischer on Feb. 17.
Aebischer and Kehn, who knew each other before the transaction, took the weapon to some kind of gun range near Blackwell and fired it before the deal was made.
Court records show that Aebischer has a federal firearms license and that he sold guns out of his home in Blackwell, which is in Kay County.
During an interview with investigators, Harvey explained how he obtained the weapon from an “interpreter who had been assigned to his unit,” ATF task force officer Pablo Pinzon wrote in a complaint filed Monday in federal court.
“Harvey advised that he and the interpreter had gone off base on one occasion and fired off the machine gun,” Pinzon wrote. “Harvey advised that he made the comment ... that he thought the machine gun was really cool and that we would love to have one. The interpreter, in turn, gave the machine gun to Harvey as a gift.”
The gun had the date 1974 stamped on it and appeared to be “very heavily used,” records show.
The weapon also was sawed off and had a “tactical sling mounted to it.”
Aebischer told Blackwell investigators he traded Harvey a pistol and $500 in cash for the AK-47.
Aebischer and Harvey were arrested Friday.
Both men were released on $5,000 bond Monday after appearing in federal court in Oklahoma City.
The two are charged with one count of possessing an unregistered machine gun, court records show. If convicted, the two men face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.