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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Darren J. LaMarca
, United States Attorney

Columbia Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of an Unregistered Silencer

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – A Columbia man pled guilty to possession of a silencer that was not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony Spotswood of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Grant McArthur, 51, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

McArthur will be sentenced on December 6 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The ATF investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Allen is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.


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