Deputy Mayor of N.Y. Town Had 17 Illegal Guns in His Home

Brian Downey, the deputy mayor of a village positioned about an hour’s drive north of New York City, was arrested final week after an early morning court-ordered search of his residence turned up what the authorities mentioned was “an arsenal of weapons.”

There had been weapons hanging from one wall, weapons on a rack in opposition to one other wall and a sawed-off shotgun in a close-by closet, in line with a federal criticism that cited a “gun room” in Mr. Downey’s ground-level basement.

In all, the federal and state prices accuse Mr. Downey of possessing 17 unregistered firearms and 13 firearm silencers.

Details of the case emerged in current days with the discharge of complaints by federal and state authorities.

During the search of Mr. Downey’s home, in Airmont, N.Y., the authorities additionally seized a lockbox containing pretend credentials from the F.B.I. and different legislation enforcement companies, together with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Marshals Service, one of the complaints mentioned.

Some of the pretend credentials had Mr. Downey’s , and the authorities additionally discovered 4 F.B.I. patches that might be sewn to a uniform, the criticism mentioned.

Mr. Downey was charged in the federal criticism with one rely of possession of unregistered firearms and one rely of possession of federal badges and identification playing cards, which he was not approved to have.

He was individually charged by the Rockland County district lawyer’s workplace with state weapons offenses.

“Our community is without a doubt safer today than it was yesterday,” Tom Walsh, the Rockland County district lawyer, mentioned in a press release final week.

He added in a later assertion that anybody who takes an oath of workplace to serve the general public “should have integrity beyond reproach.” His workplace mentioned in the assertion that the investigation was persevering with.

The authorities mentioned Brian Downey additionally had a number of false badges and identification playing cards. Credit…Rockland County District Attorney’s Office

Mr. Downey, 47, is listed because the deputy mayor and a member of Airmont’s board of trustees, an elected physique that governs the village of 9,000, in line with the village’s web site.

Neither Mr. Downey nor the village’s mayor, Nathan Bubel, responded to messages searching for touch upon Wednesday. Mr. Downey’s lawyer, Andrew C. Quinn, mentioned he had no remark.

Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the U.S. lawyer’s workplace for the Southern District of New York, which is prosecuting the federal case, declined to remark.

During the search, the authorities mentioned additionally they recovered two pretend New York State Court officer shields and an identification card bearing Mr. Downey’s identify and .

According to the federal criticism, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has no document of authorization for Mr. Downey to personal the sawed-off shotgun or a short-barrel rifle, two of the firearms seized from Mr. Downey’s residence.

During the search, Mr. Downey agreed to talk to legislation enforcement brokers and instructed them that he lacked any registration or authorization for managed firearms, just like the sawed-off shotgun and the short-barrel rifle, the criticism mentioned.

Mr. Downey mentioned he had positioned the brief barrel on the rifle, believing “he was allowed to do so because he was a peace officer,” the criticism mentioned, with out elaborating on what he might need meant.

The state criticism famous that Mr. Downey has a pistol license, which lists different firearms, however that none of the weapons cited in the fees are listed on his allow.

Mr. Walsh’s workplace mentioned in its assertion that Mr. Downey was taken into custody final Thursday after he bought a rifle silencer over the web. (Possession of a silencer is prohibited in New York State.)

Mr. Walsh’s workplace mentioned it realized of the acquisition of the silencer after being alerted by U.S. Department of Homeland Security brokers in regards to the system’s supply to Mr. Downey’s home.