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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 21, 2012

Contact: Helen Dunkel, Special Agent, PIO

Office: (925) 557-2815

Cell: (925) 202-8135

ATF Arrests Suspect in Possession of Machine Guns

HENDERSON, Nev. — Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl, San Francisco Field Division announced that Brian Carl Zake was arrested Thursday in Henderson on a warrant for illegally possessing machine guns.

According to a grand jury indictment, Zake 42, a resident of Henderson has been charged with two counts of transfer of an unregistered machine gun, five counts of possession of unregistered machine guns, four counts of possessing machine guns with an obliterated serial number, one count of possessing a firearm without a serial numbers, and one count of possession of an unregistered silencer.

Zake is scheduled to appear before U. S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen Nevada Judicial District today for his initial appearance.

The individuals who illegally possess and transfer machine guns are just as responsible for the violent crimes committed by the criminals who pull the triggers on these weapons, said Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl.

A grand jury indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This investigation was conducted by the ATF, United States Postal Inspectors, and Henderson Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Duncan, Nevada Judicial District.

ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating violations of federal firearms laws. More information on ATF and its programs can be found at