MIDWEST CITY (KOKH) — Federal agents are investigating a metro gun shop owner, after finding a dumpster on the shop's property with almost 250 functional guns inside.
According to court filings, a Midwest City sanitation worker stumbled upon a dumpster full of guns on January 19th and called authorities.
The ATF came to investigate and found 236 partially cut but still functioning riffles inside, as well as 12 shotguns.
An employee at the Midwest City gun shop told federal agents that the guns in the dumpster had manufacture defects according to a letter the shop received from the ATF.
The letter stated that the guns needed to be destroyed and according to the affidavit, the owner contacted the ATF to find out how to properly destroy them.
They told him to cut the firearms in three different places, all the way through to the receiver so the firearms would not function or be able to be put back together.
According to the affidavit, the riffles found in the dumpster had a single cut and were still functional.
Court filings say two men near the gun shop told agents that they had seen the dumpster full of guns on separate occasions, and one man said he was even given two uncut and fully functional shotguns by an employee.
"The man said that he approached the employee and began discussing the firearms and expressed interest in owning one of the firearms. The employee told the man the firearms are defective and should not be shot. The man told the employee that he did not intend to shoot the guns, but rather wanted to hang the firearms on his wall. The male employee permitted the man to take two uncut firearms and gave him two magazines, one for each firearm," the affidavit says.
Documents say he told agents he was not asked to fill out the required paperwork, or complete a background check to receive the guns.
The ATF told Fox 25 that they are in the early stages of the investigation.
Fox 25 did reach out to the owner of the gun shop for comment by calling and leaving a voicemail.
We also knocked on the shop's door but were ignored by a woman who appeared to be working there.
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