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York man charged with illegally selling firearms

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) - - York County District Attorney David Sunday says a York Township man was arrested for illegally selling firearms. 

According to Sunday, during the past three weeks, members of the York County Drug Task Force and the York City Police department were investigating Joshua Hutchins. 

Investigators say they received information that Hutchins was unlawfully selling guns to people who were not allowed to purchase or possess firearms. 

As the investigation continued, police found Hutchins himself was also not allowed to possess firearms due to past criminal convictions. 

Police set up a sting on August 10th, using an undercover officer to meet with Hutchins in the parking lot of a convenience store in York Township.

Authorities say Hutchins offered to sell the undercover officer two handguns. Both of which had the serial numbers scratched off. 

Hutchins told the undercover officer he scratched the numbers so the guns would not be traced back to him. 

Hutchins was arrested just after that meeting, and police say he was carrying a concealed Glock 40 caliber handgun in his waistband. 

Police searched Hutchins' home on Market Street, and found 31 other firearms, and ammunition for many of them. 

Authorities say the guns ranged from auto-loading handguns and revolvers to tactical shotguns and assault rifles. 

Police also seized several gun lockers, and a Dremmel they say was used to scratch off the serial numbers. 

Police say all of the guns were stolen from Hutchins' stepfather, who was a gun collector in Dover Township. 

Hutchins' stepfather had died within the past year, and the guns were at his mother's residence where the guns were kept after her husband's death. 

Hutchins was charged with firearms sales, and possession offenses. He has since been charged with 31 additional counts of persons not to possess firearms, and 34 counts of receiving stolen property. 

Hutchins is currently in York County Prison in lieu of bail. 


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