Youngstown man charged by feds in stolen machine gun case

Staff report


A city man has been federally charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and with possessing three machine guns that weren’t registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Emmett Perkins III, 47, made his initial appearance in court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Kathleen B. Burke and was placed in federal detention and bound over to a federal grand jury.

On Oct. 3, 2012, Perkins sold to a confidential informant the three functioning machine guns, which had been stolen from the High Powered Armory in Youngstown, a federal firearms licensee, according to a federal agent’s affidavit.

The agent, Kevin J. Ireland, who is assigned to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Youngstown, also said in the affidavit that Perkins also sold handguns to the informant on July 20 and Aug. 3, 2012.

Perkins has prior felony convictions in Mahoning County for crack cocaine trafficking and in Summit County for aggravated assault, domestic violence and intimidation of a crime victim or witness.

The federal gun case is being prosecuted by David M. Toepfer, the Youngstown-based assistant U.S. attorney.

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