NewsFlorida News


Former Broward County residents accused of illegally exporting AR-15 parts to South America

Some gun stores say they will no longer sell AR-15s to people under 21 in wake of Florida shooting
Posted at 8:43 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 20:43:46-04

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Two former Broward County residents are accused of exporting AR-15 parts to Argentina.

On Wednesday, authorities arrested 60-year-old John James Peterson and 67-year-old Brunella Zuppone for their alleged involvement with an international weapons smuggling group based out of Argentina.

According to court documents, Peterson and Zuppone illegally exported thousands of AR-15 parts from the U.S. to the Argentine smuggling group without a required license from the U.S. Department of State.

Authorities from both the United States and Argentina conducted a series of search warrants and confiscated over 189 long arms, 156 handguns, one mortar round, one hand grenade, over 30,000 rounds of assorted caliber ammunition, five vehicles and $110,000 in cash. Authorities said they confiscated enough parts to make up over 50 AR-15 assault rifles.

Peterson and Zuppone were both charged with conspiracy to violate the AECA and ITAR, as well as attempts to illegally export to Argentina defense articles.

Story developing, refresh for updates. Stay with ABC Action News for the latest.