The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has entered the investigation of what police say was a road rage incident in which a handgun and an unspecified number of fully automatic rifles were later found in the suspect’s truck following his arrest. More from KTHV.
Justin Stegall, 28, was arrested on Sept 10 after police said he pointed a gun at another driver at an overpass on I-30 in Benton. After taking Stegall into custody at a nearby shopping center, police said they found not only a handgun but the automatic rifles in his truck. Stegall was later charged with carrying a weapon, carrying a prohibited weapon, and terroristic threatening. The ATF is currently investigating the incident, along with the Benton Police Department.
It’s been illegal since 1934, when the National Firearms Act was passed, for a private citizen to own a fully automatic weapon without first paying a tax of $200 and going through a lengthy process to register the weapon with the U.S. Treasury Department. The NFA also placed similar restrictions on shotguns with barrels of less than 18 inches and silencers.