N. J. Man Accused of Possessing 36 Illegal Machine Guns

N. J. Man Accused of Possessing 36 Illegal Machine Guns

52-year-old John Lafergola from Monmouth County made his initial appearance in federal court Tuesday. He was charged for illegally possessed 36 machine guns, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Yesterday in the morning police responded to a call from a Millstone Township residence after one of the residents – Lafergola supposedly pointed a gun at another member of his household, authorities said.

Investigators discovered that Lafergola possessed 72 firearms, including 36 machine guns, and dozens of firearms components, ammunition, accessories, and manufacturing tools.

Police announced 13 of the machine guns were found to be operational as automatic weapons including:

• A 9 mm Luger caliber, FBP M948-type firearm, 31. inches long, bearing no serial number nor manufacturer’s marks of identification;

• A 9 mm Luger caliber, Suomi M31-type firearm, 34 inches long, and bearing no manufacturer’s marks of identification;

• A 7.62×25 mm caliber, M56-type firearm, 34 inches long, bearing no serial number nor manufacturer’s marks of identification.

Lafergola was also in possession of three short-barreled rifles, including one that had an obliterated serial number, two silencers, non-smoke gunpowder, fuses, other materials that could be used to make explosive devices, and explosive devices, authorities said.

John Lafergola was charged with intentionally possessing machine guns and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lois H. Goodman on Tuesday. He was detained without bail.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman thanked special agents of the ATF and the N.J. State Police with the investigation leading to the charges. He also credited the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office for its role in the case.

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