Sacramento man held on gun-making charges

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Updated: 6/20 1:08 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 45-year-old man who authorities say went by the online nickname "Dr-Death" is being held on federal charges alleging that he illegally manufactured parts for assault rifles.

Daniel Crowninshield of Sacramento was arrested Friday by federal agents.

He was indicted last week on charges of unlawfully manufacturing and dealing in firearms, possessing a firearm after previously being convicted of a crime of domestic violence, and possessing machine guns and unregistered firearms.

Crowninshield's attorney, Danny Brace, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

Prosecutors say he operated an unlicensed firearms manufacturing business in North Sacramento.

They say he made and sold parts for assault rifles and other firearms without conducting background checks, enforcing waiting periods, or completing required paperwork.

The charges could bring up to 10 years in prison.

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