A judge denied a pretrial release request for Michael Ray Emry, who was arrested May 6 in John Day on weapons charges.
In U.S. District Court in Eugene Tuesday, May 24, Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo denied the request without prejudice.
Emry, 54, was arrested after agents served a federal search warrant on his trailer, truck and car at the Grant County Fairgrounds and RV Park where he had been staying, according to an FBI press release. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the John Day Police Department and the Oregon State Police provided assistance.
The criminal complaint filed by Special Agent Miguel Perez states agents found a fully automatic .50-caliber Browning M2 “Ma Deuce” machine gun with an obliterated serial number. The weapon was not registered to Emry in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required for fully automatic firearms.
After being arrested, Emry said the gun could fire 550-650 rounds per minute and that he took it from a shop where he worked in Idaho, according to Perez’s complaint.
Perez also said Emry took the gun without the shop owner’s knowledge and obliterated the serial number before transporting it from Idaho to Oregon.
Emry is charged with unlawful possession of a machine gun not registered to him and unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He is in custody in the Lane County jail.
According to an article on The Voice of Idaho News website, Emry was the proprietor of that organization, as well as The Voice of North Idaho and The Voice of Grant County, Oregon.