PHOENIX – An Arizona man who sold ammo to the shooter in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, was charged Wednesday in Nevada on a charge of the conduct of the business of the make of ammunition without a licence.
The indictment against Douglas Haig of Mesa makes no mention of its sale to Stephen Paddock, which killed 58 people at a music festival 10 months ago from his hotel room in Las Vegas. The cost says Haig sold ammunition without a licence from July 2016 until mid October 2017, but makes no mention of the Las Vegas attack.
Prosecutors said in a statement that Haig sold armor-piercing ammunition in the United States, including Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and South Carolina.
Haig told the researchers that he re-loaded ammunition, but not the sale of these patterns to the customers and that none of the ammunition recovered in the Las Vegas attack would have tool marks in accordance with reloading equipment, prosecutors said.
The prosecutors also said Haigh’s fingerprints were found on reloaded unfired .308-caliber cartridges inside Paddock’s hotel room. The authorities had said earlier that armor-piercing ammunition restored inside of Paddock’s room had tool marks that are consistent with Haig’s of reloading equipment.
Marc Victor, a lawyer in the metro Phoenix, which stands for Haig, says that his client is being aggressively fight of the Nevada costs. Victor also said that he expected that a separate federal case filed earlier this year in Arizona that the costs Haig with the production of armor-piercing bullets will be fired in the coming days as a result of the Nevada indictment.
Victor said that he was preparing to provide prosecutors with a comment on the evidence turned over in the Arizona case, but the prosecutors instead went ahead and complained to him in Nevada. “We are disappointed that,” Victor said.
Haig, an aerospace engineer who sold ammunition as a hobby for about 25 years, had earlier confirmed the sale of 720 rounds of tracer ammunition to Paddock in the weeks before the attack. Tracer rounds, which are legal to sell, contain a pyrotechnic charge, which illuminates the path of the fired bullets so shooters can see if their target is the right.
The indictment filed against Haig in Arizona listed Paddock extended.
The authorities, who have not said as an ammunition tied to Paddock was used in the attack, said the armor-piercing rounds were found by FBI agents during an Oct. 19 search of Haig’s house.
They also say a forensic analysis of the two armor-piercing cartridges found in the Paddock’s hotel room with Haig’ s fingerprints had tool marks that are consistent with the equipment in Haig’s backyard workshop.
It is illegal to produce and sell armor-piercing ammunition, but the federal law certain exceptions, such as ammunition that is intended to be used by government agencies in the United States, said Gary B. Wells, a lawyer in Argyle, Texas, who specializes in firearms law and has not been involved in Haig’s case.
A federal firearms license is generally needed to legally produce armor-piercing ammunition. But people who get permission from the government to these munitions would not need a license as they are not considered to be in the business of selling ammunition, Wells said.
The criminal complaint filed in Arizona said Haig does not have a license to make armor-piercing ammunition.
Haig has said that he does not notice suspicious when he sold the tracer rounds to Paddock.
But the indictment of Arizona said Haig told the researchers that when Paddock bought ammunition in his house, Paddock went to his car to get gloves and put them on before you a box to tracer ammunition.
Haig emerged in the research when a box with his name and address found in the Mandalay Bay hotel suite where Paddock opened fire on people at a music festival below.
Haig has since closed his munitions business.
Haig, who is not in a plea in the Arizona case, is scheduled to make his first appearance in the Nevada case on Sept. 5.
Associated Press writer Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.
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