A former police officer in Frederick County was sentenced to 30 months in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to possession of an unregulated fully automatic firearm.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote in a news release that James Piccirilli, 38, a former officer with the Brunswick Police Department in Frederick County, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty to trying to sell an illegally altered firearm to an undercover agent.
The office wrote that on Oct. 5, 2018, “Piccirilli took an MKE 5.56mm caliber firearm, which had been altered to convert it into a fully automatic short-barreled rifle” to the home of a licensed gun dealer.
With its alterations, the office wrote, the gun was under the regulation of the National Firearms Act, which says people cannot own such a weapon unless it’s registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, nor can they sell it without approval from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The office wrote that Piccirilli tried to launder the weapon by getting the gun dealer to sell it so its sale would appear legal.
ATF agents seized the gun in November and, according to Piccirilli’s plea agreement, he attempted to sell it to an undercover agent in December 2018.
Agents arrested Piccirilli when he left his home to try to sell the gun Dec. 14, 2018, his plea agreement reads.
Investigators searched Piccirilli’s car and home and found several other altered weapons as well as silencers that were not registered, according to the plea agreement.
An attorney for Piccirilli was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.