Florida man arrested trying to sell unregistered short-barreled rifle
By Chris Eger
Chirco “told detectives he knew it was illegal and had even been banned from gun ranges because of it.” (Photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office)
Local deputy sheriffs in conjunction with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives arrested a man after he knowingly listed an illegal SBR for sale online.
Taken into custody on Monday was Peter Chirco, 25, of Sebastian, by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, charged after an undercover buy of what authorities say is an illegal short barreled AR-15 style rifle.
“The gun was listed for sale online,” said the department in a statement, going on to note Chirco “told detectives he knew it was illegal and had even been banned from gun ranges because of it.”
According to his arrest report, deputies located what they felt was an SBR for sale on social media Monday and, after calling a contact that turned out to be Chirco, he agreed to meet at a Denny’s in Fort Pierce and sell the gun for $500. He said the rifle had been measured by someone at a gun range and told he couldn’t shoot it because the barrel was too short.
The rifle was checked by an ATF special agent