FORT PIERCE — A 39-year-old Vero Beach man was arrested Saturday after being found with a short-barrel assault rifle outside a gun show at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce, according to a recently released arrest affidavit and a sheriff’s official.
James Mathew Kennedy, of the 1000 block of 27th Avenue Southwest, took the AR15-type rifle into the gun show, where he went to buy parts, officials said. They gave this account: The rifle had a barrel length about three inches shorter than is allowed without first going through a lengthy federal approval process.
A federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives official identified the weapon as being illegal.
A St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office investigator arrested Kennedy, listed as self-employed, after he left the show and went to his vehicle. He faces a charge of possession of short barrel assault rifle.
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Tags: gun show, illegal weapon, Florida,
Location: Fort Pierce, Florida, United States (load item map)
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