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MA – GUN CRIME – 2 charged in probe of ‘ghost’ guns in Fitchburg area

Two men are in federal custody after an investigation into the manufacture and sale of untraceable “ghost” guns in the Fitchburg area, including an Uzi sold to an undercover agent.

Terrick Bishoff, 38, of 11 Sherbert Road, Ashburnham, sold multiple untraceable guns to the undercover agent and promised an assault rifle was coming, a federal agent said. John Shaw, 30, of 24 Nyman Road, Templeton, was caught with an untraceable firearm in his home Tuesday, the agent wrote, and is believed to have manufactured the guns Mr. Bishoff sold. In an affidavit filed in support of a search warrant for the men’s homes, Michael M. Finnerty, a special agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said state police alerted ATF in February that a person was selling Glock-style ghost guns in and around Fitchburg. Ghost guns are given that name because they lack federally mandated markings on their parts, making them difficult to trace. According to Special Agent Finnerty, “several companies” market firearms parts kits to the public that he calls ghost guns. “Individuals can purchase various parts from numerous sources and manufacture complete firearms from the parts,” he wrote. In a 20-page affidavit, Agent Finnerty set forth evidence he said showed that Mr. Bishoff sold multiple “ghost” guns to an undercover agent, and implied that Mr. Shaw was the supplier. According to the affidavit, Mr. Bishoff initially sold the undercover agent a Glock-style pistol in May after a “confidential source” introduced him to the buyer. After receiving $580 for the pistol, Mr. Bishoff offered to sell a “ghost” Uzi machine gun to the undercover buyer for $2,500, and corresponded with the buyer about the purchase via text message.  [full article]

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