Texas man pleads guilty to illegal suppressor possession
By Chris Eger
Billy Glenn Ivy, Jr. pleaded to a federal weapon charge this week while other charges are pending in a state court. (Photo: Amarillo Globe-News)
A North Texas man who is facing a host of state charges pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal weapons charge connected to unregistered suppressors found in his home.
Billy Glenn Ivy, Jr., 49, entered into a plea agreement to possession of an unregistered firearm, namely a suppressor not tied to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
According to court documents, on March 31, members of the Amarillo Police Department, Oldham County Sheriff’s Office, and Texas Rangers searched Ivy’s residence with a warrant following his arrest in New Mexico on a murder-for-hire charge. During the search, officers discovered three firearms, a rifle, and two pistols, with what appeared to be attached suppressors in a safe at his home. As none of the devices had manufacturers markings or serial numbers, they were forwarded to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for testing.
The devices had internal baffles and what appeared to be gun residue inside and, when tested by the ATF’s Technology Branch, produced a 20 dB reduction in gunshot sound. None were registered to Ivy under