'Meet the Putmans' star arraigned on gun charge - WNEM TV 5

'Meet the Putmans' star arraigned on gun charge

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A reality TV star in Mid-Michigan has been arraigned on another federal gun charge.

Brandon Putman, 31, of Huron County, appeared in court in Bay City on Thursday, March 15 on one count of unlawfully receiving an unregistered firearm. His attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Putman.

Putman is accused of illegally trying to turn a semi-automatic gun into a fully automatic machine gun.

The Putman name is familiar because of the TLC show “Meet the Putmans,” which follows the family of 25 people who all live under one roof in Huron County.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson confirmed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and Michigan State Police were at the home of the reality TV family in February.

In an affidavit obtained by TV5, a special agent with the ATF testified an owner of a tool shop in Huron County tipped off the agents about a request Putman made in his shop.

The business owner said Putman asked him to make 10 duplicates of a metal part, which the owner recognized as a drop-in auto sear. The part can make an AR-15 rifle fully automatic.

The ATF said the part had no serial number or other manufacturing logos.

In addition, the ATF said Putman did not register the part with the National Firearms Registration.

In February, Putman was charged with illegal possession of a machine gun.

Putman faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

His trial is scheduled to begin June 19.

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