For Immediate Release
Fort McCoy Man Sentenced to 24 Months for Possession of Homemade Silencer
Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. has sentenced Gary Dewayne Martin (31, Fort McCoy) to 24 months in federal prison for possession of an unregistered silencer. The court also ordered Martin to forfeit the silencer and a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle. Martin had pleaded guilty on January 6, 2021.
According to court documents, on September 20, 2019, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to Martin’s residence. Witnesses said that Martin was walking around wearing body armor and wielding a shotgun, threatening to kill himself and others. Witnesses further stated that Martin had discharged his shotgun into a nearby campfire. While investigating the campfire, deputies found the shotgun, two spent shotgun shells, and a .22 caliber rifle with an attached homemade silencer secured to the barrel. The silencer was not registered as required by federal law. Pursuant to a risk protection order, deputies then searched the residence and seized a total of 37 firearms and large amounts of ammunition.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William S. Hamilton.
This is another case prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program (PSN), which is a nationwide, crime reduction strategy aimed at decreasing violent crime in communities. It involves a comprehensive approach to public safety — one that includes investigating and prosecuting crimes, along with prevention and reentry efforts. In the Middle District of Florida, Acting U.S. Attorney Karin Hoppmann coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.