North Hollywood man gets 10 years for selling ghost guns, methamphetamine

A North Hollywood man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for illegally selling unlicensed rifles and handguns, commonly referred to as ghost guns, as well as methamphetamine, officials said.

Arthur Muradyan, 33, pleaded guilty in May to one count of engaging in the business of dealing in firearms without a license and one count of distribution of methamphetamine.

Between August and September in 2021, Muradyan sold weapons including machine guns, short-barreled rifles and semi-automatic firearms with large capacity magazines to a federal law enforcement informant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He also sold around 420 grams of methamphetamine to the informant on September 8, prosecutors said, the same day he sold a semi-automatic 9mm handgun and a machinegun conversion device commonly called a “Glock switch.”

Muradyan, who previously had been convicted of felony burglary offenses in two cases, made his final gun sale on Sept. 29, when he sold an unserialized, short-barreled AR-15-type rifle with a 3D printed machinegun conversion device attached to it, and several other firearms, prosecutors said.

Authorities searched his residence and said they recovered another 23 firearms, magazines, ammunition and component parts.

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