East Hampton

Teen, His Grandpa Accused of Manufacturing AR-15 Assault Rifles in Conn.

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A teenager and his grandfather are accused of manufacturing AR-15 assault rifles in East Hampton and both have been arrested.

Police were contacted by a concerned citizen on Monday who reported she had learned over the weekend about an adult in town manufacturing illegal AR-15 assault rifles.

During the investigation, authorities said they identified the suspect as 18-year-old Clayton Hobby. Police said they later learned Hobby was being helped by his grandfather, 64-year-old Kerry Schunk.

While at the scene, officers said they found and seized multiple "ghost gun" AR-15 rifles in various stages of assembly, including one that was converted to shoot fully automatic.

Investigators said they also found three "ghost gun" polymer handguns, 15 high-capacity magazines and approximately 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Hobby is facing charges including possession of an assault weapon, criminal possession of a pistol, criminal possession of ammunition, manufacture of a machine gun, possession of high capacity magazines and risk of injury.

Hobby appeared in court on Tuesday and his bond has been set at $500,000. If he posts it, there are several conditions in place including GPS tracking, 24/7 lockdown where he is only permitted to leave for court and medical reasons and he is not allowed to possess any guns or ammunition. He is due in court again on June 14.

East Hampton police say a teen and his grandfather were making several 'ghost gun' AR-15 rifles and other firearms at their home.

Schunk is facing charges including conspiracy to commit criminal possession of an assault weapon, conspiracy to commit criminal possession of a pistol, conspiracy to commit criminal possession of ammunition, conspiracy to commit manufacture of a machine gun, conspiracy to commit possession of high capacity magazines and interfering with an officer.

Schunk also appeared in court on Tuesday where his bond was set at $25,000. He posted bond Tuesday afternoon. He is not allowed to have weapons or ammunition and needs pre-trial supervision.

Schunk had no comment as he left court. He is due back in court June 14.

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