HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An Albertville man facing federal firearms charges after a raid on a pawn shop appeared before a federal judge today.
Joe Campbell III had a federal bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning. Campbell, accompanied by his father and stepmother, was in court to formally acknowledge the terms of his engagement.
Campbell’s father and stepmother were due in court today as they used their home to make sure Campbell wouldn’t breach the terms of his $100,000 bond.
If Campbell violates the terms of his bond, his parents have signed a promissory note that requires them to pay the government the full $100,000.
Campbell is not allowed to have firearms due to a previous federal felony weapons conviction in 2007. The ATF reportedly confiscated more than 250 firearms during the Joe’s Pawn Shop raid. Neither Campbell nor his company has a license to sell firearms.
The federal Campbell case was in court for today, included an affidavit from an ATF special agent that is likely to spur further investigation.
The affidavit includes a description of the room inside Joe’s Pawn where Campbell was found before his arrest. The affidavit notes that the room appeared to be where gun magazines were created or modified and then shipped.
“Campbell was encountered in the only shipping area. According to my investigation, this area was a location where gun magazines were created or modified and then shipped,” the affidavit states. “The exhibit contained 3D printers as well as several boxes full of magazines. The room also contained packages with shipping labels. These labels had a number that corresponded to a box of magazines on the shelves. The numbers also corresponded to a drawer containing a weapon associated with the respective magazine.Based on my investigation, I believe that working with the firearms is an essential part of creating the magazines that are then shipped.
The federal government is expanding its focus on 3D printers related to firearms, according to new ATF rules that go into effect Aug. 24. These rules for licensed gun dealers should include the requirement that a gun case have a serial number. , that licensed arms dealers who receive a privately manufactured firearm must register and mark the firearm within 7 days.
The rules don’t appear to relate to 3D-printed magazines, so it’s unclear how the affidavit highlighting 3D printers will impact the ongoing investigation into Joe’s pawn.
Law enforcement officials have expressed concern about firearms produced by a 3D printer. These firearms could be made without a serial number and, due to the materials, could potentially be a weapon that metal detectors and other scanners could miss.
Late last year, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report calling on the ATF to do more to police the production and use of 3D firearms. ATF officials said they supported the recommendations, which included: updating ATF policies to monitor 3D-printed firearms; urging the agency to keep abreast of the firearms industry’s latest developments in firearm 3D printing technology and to collect more data on salvaged 3D printed weapons and hybrids.
Campbell also faces state charges for receiving first degree stolen property.
Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims did not say exactly what was stolen. However, he mentioned that the items were from big box stores like Target and Walmart.
Campbell posted $25,000 cash bond to be released from county jail shortly after his arrest.
On that charge, he is scheduled to appear in state court on September 7 for his preliminary hearing.
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