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Mount Airy man arrested in relation to possession of multiple illegal, modified firearms

Mount Airy man arrested in relation to possession of multiple illegal, modified firearms
James Ian Piccirilli (submitted art)

A Mount Airy man was arrested in relation to a number of gun charges, including having loaded firearms in an unlocked location near young children, and illegally modifying and possessing others.

James Ian Piccirilli, 37, of the 4300 block of Ridge Road, is charged with two counts of firearms-access by minors, two counts of reckless endangerment, four counts of assault weapon possession/sell, four counts of having an unregistered rifle/shotgun and four counts of machine gun aggressive, according to electronic court records.

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On Thursday, Dec. 13, a trooper with the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Unit assisted a special agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the execution of a federal search warrant in reference to manufacturing automatic firearms, according to the statement of probable cause. Piccirilli was the target of the investigation, according to the statement.

At approximately 7 a.m. Friday, members of the BATF , Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began “covert surveillance” at the Ridge Road location. At 7:40 a.m., according to the statement, surveillance team members saw Piccirrili exit the home, and approach and open the trunk of a dark-colored car, according to the statement.

Surveillance team members executed the search warrant and approached Piccirrili, according to the statement, and identified themselves before detaining him.

When members of the team entered the residence, they found three adults and three children, ages 7, 4 and 1, according to the statement.

During the search of the home, it was determined Piccirrili and one of the adults found in the residence share a bedroom in the basement of the home, according to the statement. The 7-year-old and 4-year-old sleep in the family room located in the basement, which according to the statement, is directly next to the basement bedroom.

In the top drawer of the dresser in the basement bedroom law enforcement found two firearms that were unsecured and loaded with ammunition, and both firearms were found in holsters with a round chambered, according to the statement.

The firearms were identified as a Sig Sauer P-226 9mm pistol and a Sig Sauer P-232 9mm pistol, according to the statement, and only one was registered to Piccirilli. The door to the basement bedroom did not have a lock on it, and the dresser was also not locked, according to the statement.

When members of the surveillance team searched Piccirilli’s car they found:

  • One Zenith Firearms MKEZ5P 9x19mm short barreled rifle, which according to the statement, had been modified to remove the original trigger group and had a full automatic trigger group installed. This modification turned the weapon into a fully automatic firearm, according to the statement. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.
  • One Zenith Firearms MKEZ43P 5.56x56mm short barreled rifle, which according to the statement, had been modified to remove the original trigger group and a three-round burst trigger group installed. The modification turned the weapon into a firearm that fires more than one round per pull of the trigger, according to the statement. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.
  • One Action Arms 9mm pistol, which according to the statement, is a copy of an UZI semiautomatic pistol, which is banned in Maryland. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.
  • One Zenith Firearms MKEZRS 9x19mm short barreled rifle, which according to the statement, had been modified to remove the original trigger group and had a full automatic trigger group installed. This modification turned the weapon into a fully automatic firearm, according to the statement. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.
  • One Zenith Firearms MKEZ43P 5.56x56mm short barreled rifle which, according to the statement, had been modified to remove the original trigger group and a three round burst trigger group installed. The modification turned the weapon into a firearm that fires more than one round per pull of the trigger, according to the statement. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.

Next to the dark-colored vehicle was a black vehicle, which inside had:

  • One Franchi SPAS 12 12-gauge shotgun, which is a banned assault weapon in Maryland, according to the statement. The firearm has been banned since 1996, according to the statement. The firearm was not listed to Piccirilli, according to the statement.

According to the statement, both Maryland and federal checks were conducted, and they showed Piccirilli does not have a license to possess or modify the firearms.

Piccirilli could not be reached for comment.

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