Johnson City man to serve 30 months on machine gun charge

Johnson City Press • Jan 14, 2019 at 11:01 PM

A Johnson City man found by police with illegal firearms will serve 30 months in prison after his sentencing hearing last week in federal court.

Scott A. Edmisten, 43, 1915 Clearwood Drive, pleaded guilty to possessing unregistered machine guns and was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. In addition to the 30 months, which will be shortened by the time he’s already served since he was charged, he will serve three years on supervised release.

Edmisten was arrested by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop on Oct. 2, 2017, during which officers found multiple handguns, rifles, 900 rounds of ammunition and survival gear in his car. Police said two AR-style rifles they found were for automatic fire, which are illegal to possess without proper federal permits. Neither of the rifles were registered or had serial numbers.

Once taken to the Washington County Detention Center, police said Edmisten threatened officers and lunged toward investigators trying to question him.

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents on county investigators searched Edmisten’s home and vehicle and found another unregistered machine gun and more ammunition.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of three counts of possession of a firearm not registered with the National Firearms and Transfer Record, one count of making firearms in violation of that same federal law and one count of possession of firearms without serial numbers.

The federal indictment identified the illegal firearms as a .556-caliber AR platform machine gun, a .308-caliber AR platform machine gun and a .223-caliber AR platform machine gun.

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