3 charged in connection with moving undocumented Miniguns to Mexico
By Chris Eger
The M134 electric Minigun system is a six-barreled rotary machine gun chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO that can fire between 2,000 and 4,000 rounds per minute. (Photo: Department of Defense)
Federal prosecutors Thursday announced a list of weapons charges against two Texas men and a well-known Arizona machine gun manufacturer.
Charged with a litany of gun violations to include possessing and transferring unregistered machine guns and unlawfully exporting firearms to Mexico were Tyler Carlson, 28, of Austin; Michael Fox, 69 of Georgetown; and Tracy Garwood, 62, of Scottsdale.
According to court documents, in June 2016, Customs agents inspecting a vehicle crossing into Mexico at Anzalduas, Texas, recovered 15 AK-47 style rifles, four handguns, 4,000 rounds of ammunition and the power supply and feed chute for a Garwood M-134G Minigun. This triggered an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Homeland Security Investigations that ultimately labeled Carlson as the go-between who worked to smuggle as many as 200 guns across the border to Mexico without a license going back to 2014, paid for in over $270,000 in postal money orders.
Prosecutors hold the firearms were obtained by Carlson from Fox, a federal firearms licensee and a former lawman who, with the help