Feds: Convicted Felon from NJ Charged For Having a Machine Gun, Ammunition
Federal authorities say a man from North Jersey made an initial court appearance on Friday on charges of possessing a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger's office says 37-year-old Edward Austeri of Bloomingdale, Passaic County, was arrested on April 26th following a domestic violence incident and charged with state offenses. He is now charged on a federal level with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition and one count of possession of a machine gun.
On April 22, 2022, law enforcement officers responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic violence incident at a residence in Bloomingdale. The reporting male party advised that he was threatened with an AK-47 by a female family member, later identified as Austeri’s girlfriend, who was staying in his home with Austeri. Upon their arrival, law enforcement officers were directed by the homeowner to a long black firearm, later determined to be a fully automatic, AK-47 style, privately manufactured firearm with no serial number and an attached large capacity magazine containing 37 rounds of 7.62 x 39mm ammunition.
Officers also allegedly recovered an additional privately manufactured firearm, several firearm magazines, and assorted ammunition belonging to Austeri.
Austeri shipped the firearms to himself from a previous address in Oregon to the residence in Bloomingdale.
The felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a machine gun charges each carry up to a decade in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.