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Long Island Man Charged With Making Ghost Guns

Jae C. Hong
Homemade rifles displayed on a table at an ATF field office in Glendale, Calif.

A Long Island man was indicted this week for building “ghost guns” with untraceable parts.

Christopher Swanson was arrested last month at a Ronkonkoma hotel. Police say they found an assault rifle and an automatic handgun.

Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini says the defendant was assembling “ghost guns,” weapons that don’t have a serial number and are assembled with untraceable parts.

Swanson’s attorney says his client was a “hobbyist” who didn’t know he was breaking the law.

Swanson also faces drug charges because police found 800 bags of heroin in his hotel room.

Jay Shah is a former Long Island bureau chief at WSHU.