Man charged with making illegal silencers gets cleared

An Ohio machinist arrested last year over what federal agents contended was a shop full of illegal suppressors was found not guilty last week.

After a two-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent, a unanimous jury decision cleared Brent See, 40, of East Palestine after just an hour of deliberation.

Last August, See, on probation for a 2014 charge of making illegal firearms suppressors without a license, was arrested after a probation officer visited his home and saw what were later determined by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives expert to be three unregistered silencers. A resulting search warrant on See’s residence and business turned up what agents believed to be 196 silencers.

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