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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A licensed federal firearms dealer from Fairbanks has been arrested in Nashville, Tenn., on a series of six federal weapons charges.

Guy “Chris” Mannino, 55, was arrested Sept. 15 at the Nashville airport. He is being held in federal custody in Tennessee until he can be returned to Alaska for trial, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Bottini in Anchorage.

A six-count indictment handed down Aug. 23 accuses Mannino of the illegal sale and ownership of fully automatic firearms and silencers between November 2011 and February 2013.

Bottini said he cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing case. Each of the five firearms cases is punishable by up to 10 years in jail, he said. A charge of making a false statement, for allegedly lying on a form about the date a Sten 9mm machine gun was manufactured, is punishable by up to five years.

Mannino had a firearms business in Fairbanks, and previous court documents in another case have indicated he was licensed to own and sell these types of weapons.

Mannino was charged, but never convicted, of setting off a large explosive blast last winter at a private gun and explosives range in the Chena Ridge neighborhood. An federal informant in that case told Alaska State Troopers that Mannino was responsible for setting off some 300 pounds of explosives at a gathering of recreational explosives enthusiasts. Mannino was charged with felony criminal mischief after residents reported the blast broke windows and shook a home off its foundation. A Fairbanks grand jury chose not to indict Mannino on that charge.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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