Agents found 678 guns,13 grenades in raid of Lincoln man's home -
Published Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:35 pm
Agents found 678 guns,13 grenades in raid of Lincoln man's home

A Lincoln man is accused of illegally selling hundreds of guns — including some to convicted felons — out of his home.

Federal agents found 678 guns and 13 grenades when they raided the home of Ashley F. Gerbig last month, according to federal court documents unsealed this week.

The firearms included rifles, handguns and shotguns.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms say Gerbig trafficked hundreds of guns from his residence.

Gerbig, 35, is accused of selling guns to people he knew were convicted felons, including a confidential informant working with the agents. Federal and state laws bar convicted felons from owning or buying weapons.

Gerbig has pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to six counts of selling firearms and ammunition to a convicted felon.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each charge. His attorney, Sean Brennan of Lincoln, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Authorities were tipped off to the operation last year after receiving an anonymous phone call from a man who said he bought a handgun from Gerbig.

He went to Gerbig's house and was taken to a room off the garage, where he spotted hundreds of firearms stacked in boxes.

Federal agents said the man asked Gerbig if he needed a license to sell the guns. Gerbig told him no because the weapons were his own, according to a search warrant.

Gerbig sold several other guns to the informant, including a .40-caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and three assault weapons, according to court documents.

According to the search warrant, Gerbig also claimed that he frequently sold guns to a police officer, who was possibly from Wahoo, Neb.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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