A Sacramento man has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for illegally manufacturing and selling assault rifles at a Florin Road business.
Luis Cortez-Garcia, 44, was charged with unlawful manufacturing and sales of firearms, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.
In December, Luis Cortez-Garcia’s brother and co-defendant, Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, was sentenced by Judge Burrell to six years in prison for unlawful manufacturing and dealing in firearms, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm, the news release said.
Luis Cortez-Garcia ran a firearm parts business, LCG AR-15 Parts and Custom Accessories, on Florin Road in Sacramento, according to court records. Through the business, he sold AR-15-style firearms that were manufactured in a metal shop at the rear of the business.
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Cortez-Garcia did not have a license to manufacture or sell firearms, and as an undocumented resident and felon, he was prohibited from possessing firearms, the news release said.
During the investigation, undercover agents and at least one convicted felon purchased manufactured-to-order assault weapons from the Cortez-Garcia brothers. These firearms did not have any manufacturer markings or serial numbers, so they could not be traced if they were involved in criminal activity, the news release said. During a search of the business on Oct. 9, 2013, law enforcement officers seized 312 guns, including fully automatic assault rifles, illegal short-barreled rifles and silencers.
Most firearm parts are not subject to regulation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and they can be bought and sold without reporting sales and without requiring a background, check. The defendants and others involved in the scheme sold the parts necessary to assemble a firearm and were then directed to Emiliano Cortez-Garcia, who operated the metal shop business, the news release said.
Emiliano Cortez-Garcia would complete the machining of the lower receiver as necessary to accept parts that would allow the firing of a projectile, and he or Luis Garcia-Cortez would assemble the completed AR-15. Customers paid cash for a complete firearm that bore no serial numbers, and no ATF paperwork or background checks were completed, according to the news release.
During the investigation, ATF made seven undercover purchases of AR-15 firearms.
The case resulted from an investigation by ATF, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the California Department of Justice, with assistance from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.