Whitehall man faces gun charges

Whitehall man faces gun charges

A Whitehall man was arrested on federal charges for unlawfully possessing ammunition and multiple weapons, authorities said.

Shane Smith, 24, was charged with unlawfully possessing two short-barrel rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The complaint, which the news release makes clear contains “merely accusations,” states that Smith possessed two homemade AR-15-type rifles whose barrels were less than 16 inches in length, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

The discovery was made on Dec. 15 at Smith’s Whitehall home.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Smith appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel on Jan. 13 and was ordered detained pending further proceedings.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, along with a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to three years.