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Man Arrested after Selling AR-15s to Undercover Agent

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Authorities say a California man was arrested for manufacturing and selling AR-15 rifles — known as “ghost guns” that are virtually untraceable — to an undercover federal agent.

The Sacramento Bee reports court documents say the arrest Thursday stems from a five-month Homeland Security investigation that used the dark web, Bitcoin payments, secret meetings, and discussions of buying grenades, anti-personnel mines and explosives.

A 31-page criminal complaint unsealed Friday unveiled the alleged plot.

The man made an initial appearance Friday in federal court on charges of unlawful dealing and manufacturing in firearms and unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm and was ordered to remain in custody pending a hearing Wednesday.

The weapons are legal for an individual to make for themselves, but cannot be sold.