A North Carolina judge has sentenced a former Marine to 10 years in prison for smuggling guns into the United Kingdom.
The Associated Press reports that 37-year-old Steven Greenoe smuggled 63 guns in his checked baggage. They were disassembled and disguised not to look like weapons. He then sold them to several people in Britain, where guns are very hard to come by.
"By seeking to circumvent both U.S. and U.K. laws to illegally export firearms, Mr. Greenoe has potentially put the safety of countless law-abiding British citizens at risk," said Brock Nicholson, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in the Carolinas and Georgia.
Greenoe faced upwards of 30 years in prison. Still, his lawyer Mark Edwards said, "We're a little disappointed the sentence was quite that high."
Guns are allowed in checked baggage, but there are rules about how they must be stored and they must be declared at the airport.
Greenoe was a Marine for two years in his late teens, but was discharged for medical reasons.