A Fort Campbell soldier was arrested after selling a machine gun and a land mine to an undercover federal agent.
A federal official said Spc. Eric David Waldman, 22, of Clarksville, Tenn., was charged with one count of possession of an unregistered machine gun.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resident agent in charge Kevin Kelm said the charge stems from when Waldman sold a machine gun to an agent in January for $5,500.
Kelm said an agent set up another meeting with Waldman on Monday in Oak Grove, Ky., just outside the installation, and he sold the agent another machine gun and a Claymore land mine.
Waldman could face additional charges from the Monday sale, Kelm said.
According the criminal complaint, ATF was tipped off that Waldman was trying to sell a fully automatic machine gun to a licensed gun dealer.The complaint stated that during the first meeting in January, Waldman said he was an infantryman in the Army and he had a Claymore mine that was brought back from Afghanistan that he wanted to sell.
Kelm said the machine guns are not military weapons, but the agency is checking a lot number on the mine to determine its origins.
What's your opinion? Aren't these the kinds of weapons that a lot of gun owners would love to own? Don't many gun rights advocates consider restrictions on owning these weapons to be in violation of the 2nd Amendment? Would you place someone who obtained a fully automatic machine gun in the same category as the rest of the criminals? Isn't this an area that many gun owners would consider a gray area?
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