California man sentenced to 46 months in prison for manufacturing, selling firearms without a license

A California man could spend just shy of four years behind bars for making and selling short barreled AR-style rifles and silencers without a license.

A federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Axel Fernando Galvez, of the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, to 46 months in prison after he plead guilty in December to two counts of unlicensed manufacturing and dealing in firearms.

Galvez admitted he went extra lengths to conceal the amount of firearm components he was acquiring by buying from multiple sources. He assembled the parts and five silencers at a machine shop where he worked in Los Angeles, according to court records.

Federal authorities say Galvez sold five of these homemade rifles — via a middleman — to an undercover agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service in August. He made the deal believing the agent to be a convicted felon with plans of reselling the firearms in Egypt and the Philippines. He later brokered a second deal to provide the agent another 100 rifles at a “bulk discounted” rate.

Once he completes his prison term, Galvez will spend three years on supervised release and pay a $12,500 fine. He will also be subjected to random searches at anytime by law enforcement.

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