By Associated Press - Monday, April 10, 2017

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Macon gun dealer has been found guilty of illegally possessing an anti-tank rifle.

News outlets report federal jurors found Mark Mann, owner of a gun shop called Mann’s World LLC, guilty of illegally possessing a Finnish Lahti 20mm anti-tank rifle Thursday.

The U.S. attorney general said in a news release that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had been contacted in 2014 by the rifle’s previous owner after two of Mann’s checks were returned for insufficient funds.

The release says the gun wasn’t registered to Mann, who had used his status as a firearms dealer to circumvent the registry requirement.

Mann faces a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.

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