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Queens Man Faces 25 Years In Prison After Ghost Guns Seized: DA

Patch logo Patch 12/9/2021 Jeff Arnold
Wednesday's bust at a Queens residence was the fifth seizure of "ghost guns" that police have conducted in Queens since August. City officials said police are involved in a crackdown on the weapons coming in from out of state to be sold in New York. © David Allen/Patch Wednesday's bust at a Queens residence was the fifth seizure of "ghost guns" that police have conducted in Queens since August. City officials said police are involved in a crackdown on the weapons coming in from out of state to be sold in New York.

QUEENS, NY — A 20-year-old Queens man has been arrested after he was found to be in possession of 25 ghost guns, including semi-automatic pistols and assault weapons, in the fifth bust of its kind in Queens since August, authorities said.

Chaz McMillan, Fresh Meadows, was arraigned on multiple charges Wednesday night and is connected to a 125-count complaint, including criminal weapons possession charges and other charges having to do with the stockpile of weapons found in his possession, Queens County officials said Thursday.

Police used a search warrant at McMillan’s residence on Wednesday after conducting surveillance on McMillan, police said. Officials said that McMillan had allegedly been purchasing gun parts online. Once at his residence on 162nd Street, police discovered:

  • 25 ghost guns including: 19 semi-automatic pistols, 5 assault weapons, 1 semi-automatic shotgun
  • 31 large capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, four additional complete polymer-based lower receivers
  • Approximately 670 rounds of ammunition of various calibers, including 9mm, 10mm, several firearm-related components, parts, and equipment for assembling and manufacturing ghost guns
  • Approximately two 10-ounce bars of silver and fifteen 1-ounce silver coins

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The bust is the fifth of its kind since August, according to Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz, who announced the charges on Thursday. Katz said that she, along with NYPD officials, are continuing the “relentless pursuit” of people who bring weapons into Queens with the intent of selling the guns, which she called “tools of death.”

In October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a crackdown on "ghost guns" of which 135 have been seized by police this year in New York. Four years ago, police collected 19, the mayor said. Earlier this month, a Brooklyn student took a loaded ghost gun into school along with $30,000 in cash before the weapon was confiscated by police.

Since August, authorities have seized a total of 74 guns, including 51 ghost guns and more than 200 high-capacity magazines and more than 33,000 rounds of ammunition, Queens County, prosecutors said.

“This not a passing fad,” Police Commissioner Paul Shea said in a news release. “These illegal weapons endanger our citizens, our police and our kids. Snapping together semi-automatic pistols and assault weapons from kits that are ordered from out of state is not some kind of hobby. We are seeing hundreds of ghost guns, ordered online and shipped directly to New York City.

“This is emerging, quickly, as a replacement supply chain for gun smugglers who traditionally relied on the ‘iron pipeline.’ When we see dozens of guns in this case — and component gun parts to make more – we can only surmise there is an intent to sell and distribute them.”

In addition to the possession and weapons sales charges, McMillan faces charges of intent to manufacture of weapons and dangerous instruments, unlawful possession of pistol or revolver ammunition, and other charges. If convicted, McMillan faces 25 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Monday.

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