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Marine veteran faces prison time for allegedly bringing an illegal machine gun on Coast Guard Training Center

We're not sure what the f*ck Dustin Aaron Peters was thinking when he tried to bring a fully automatic AK-47 and other weapons and ammunition onto the Cape May, New Jersey Coast Guard Training facility.
 
The 25-year-old, who served in the Marine Corps from 2012 to 2017, was arrested January 9 for the crime and faces five years in prison if convicted on federal firearms charges.
Marine veteran faces prison time for allegedly bringing an illegal machine gun on Coast Guard Training Center
 

Peters had traveled from North Carolina to New Jersey to attend his wife’s Coast Guard recruit training graduation on Jan. 9.

Despite posted warning signs near the entrance to the facility that firearms were prohibited, Peters tried to enter the facility.

His vehicle was searched and security officials found a modified, fully automatic AK-47 rifle, loaded 9 mm handgun, multiple large capacity magazines, ammunition, a ballistic vest, gas mask and canister, nylon chest rig and other items.

“Peters acknowledged that he did not listen, stating that he knew it was possible that he may be stopped, but was not expecting that to actually happen,” according to court documents.

Peters told police that he had purchased the AK-47 in Virginia but modified it himself to fire fully automatic.

Peters has a bail hearing set in federal court on Friday in Camden, New Jersey, on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm in a federal facility and unlawful interstate transport of a machine gun, according to a Department of Justice release.



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