Murfreesboro Man Convicted for Smuggling Gun Silencers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
A Murfreesboro man is being convicted by a federal jury for smuggling gun silencers into the United States that he purchased while traveling in England. Nashville prosecutors say 50-year-old Paul Gratton purchased six silencers from a firearms dealer in Sheffield.
Gratton shipped some of the firearm parts to the U.S, while he carried the other parts in a checked bag on his flight back to Tennessee. Authorities revealed that none of the silencers had serial numbers. However law enforcement was able to retain the silencers from Gratton's home after receiving a search warrant.
The jury convicted Gratton on charges including unlawful possession of unregistered silencers and illegal shipment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony. Paul Gratton will serve ten years in prison.