Oklahoma firefighter, police officer accused of possessing unregistered AK-47 machine gun

A firefighter from Blackwell is accused of selling an unregistered, Russian-made AK-47 machine gun to a police officer in the small northern Oklahoma town.
by Andrew Knittle Published: March 5, 2013

“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.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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