January 30, 2013 06:01 PM EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — In a case prosecutors say highlights weaknesses in the nation's gun laws, a South Carolina man admitted Wednesday he sold dozens of powerful military-style rifles at gun shows and in a hotel parking lot without any paperwork or background checks ...
Prosecutors say a Charlotte gun store owner alerted federal officials in August after Beas legally purchased 13 semi-automatic AK-47 rifles over the Internet.
Confronted by federal agents when he came to pick up the rifles, Beas admitted selling high-powered weapons at gun shows in the Carolinas and Georgia, as well as in deals carried out in the parking lot Red Roof Inn. He said he didn't bother to track who bought the guns, according to court records.
Among the items Beas admitted selling are key components needed to assemble .50-caliber sniper rifles that fire ammunition capable of piercing more than an inch of steel armor. A skilled marksman using such a rifle can hit a human-sized target at distances of up to 1 mile ...