Big Shooting! 10-Year Prison Sentence For New York Man's Homemade Firearms Cache (1)

Big Shooting! 10-Year Prison Sentence For New York Man’s Homemade Firearms Cache

DEBARYLIFE – A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to ten years in jail by a New York judge on charges related to his possession of unregistered handguns.

A New York jury last month found Dexter Taylor guilty on two counts of second-degree criminal weapon possession, three counts of third-degree criminal weapon possession, five counts of criminal firearm possession, unlawful possession of pistol ammunition, and breaking the law by possessing unfinished firearm frames or receivers.

Following a police search of Taylor’s residence in April 2022, charges were brought. According to the Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office, which is handling the case, Taylor constructed and bought parts for firearms, but he lacked the necessary New York City gun possession license. In 2021, the Democratic legislative supermajority in New York State also enacted legislation outlawing the manufacture, assembly, possession, or sale of unregistered firearms, often known as “ghost guns,” or firearm frames or receivers.

Taylor was sentenced to ten years in jail by New York City Judge Abena Darkeh on Monday for the offenses related to his collection of unregistered firearms.

Big Shooting! 10-Year Prison Sentence For New York Man's Homemade Firearms Cache

After Taylor was given his sentence, Gonzalez’s office declared, “Ghost guns are a threat to New Yorkers everywhere, and my Office is working tirelessly with our partners in law enforcement to stop their proliferation.”

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The defendant’s punishment today ought to serve as a warning to anyone who might attempt to circumvent background checks and registration regulations to produce and hoard these lethal weapons. Every ghost gun we remove from circulation improves public safety.

Even though Taylor was not prosecuted or found guilty of using his manufactured firearms to commit any specific violent offenses, the district attorney justified Taylor’s conviction and sentence as a means of ensuring public safety and removing a threat to New Yorkers.

Defense lawyer Vinoo Varghese made an effort to contend that Taylor was well within his rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution before Taylor was found guilty by the jury.

Federal law does not forbid or require further licenses for private individuals to manufacture guns for their use.

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