ALBANY -- Two men are facing federal charges in connection to an undercover operation that led to the sale of unregistered short-barreled rifles in Fultonville, according to allegations filed in court.
Michael Castelluccio of Fultonville and Christopher Montano, residence unavailable, both appeared in U.S. District Court last week, each on one count of possession of a firearm not registered to him in the national firearms registration and transfer record.
They were charged after authorities allege they sold the five unregistered short-barreled rifles at Castelluccio's Fultonville residence Sept. 12 to an undercover ATF agent. None of the weapons had serial numbers, an affidavit written by a federal agent in the case alleges.
Castelluccio confirmed in the transaction that he manufactured the "lower receivers" on the firearms and then assembled the firearms with barrels of less than 16 inches, the federal affidavit written by the agent alleges. The firearms also had collapsible buttstocks, the agent alleged.
Montano then provided the firearms to the undercover agent in exchange for $6,250. The agent watched as Montano handed a portion of the money to Castelluccio, the agent alleged.
The National Firearms Registration and Transfer records showed no firearms registered to either Montano or Castelluccio, the affidavit reads.
Castelluccio was arraigned and released to return to court later. Montano was arraigned and ordered held. Attorneys for the two could not be reached for comment Monday.