Rhode Island Man Charged with Operating ‘Ghost Gun Home Factory’

The man manufactured and sold about 100 guns, according to the Department of Justice. (Photo: U.S. DOJ)

A Rhode Island man has been charged with conspiring to traffic firearms and making false statements after he allegedly operated a “ghost gun home factory” and sold the completed firearms in the Dominican Republic.

Police arrested Robert Alcantara, 34, as he was driving through the Bronx from a Pennsylvania gun show to his home in Rhode Island. Authorities seized parts for 45 “ghost guns” from his car, and a subsequent investigation revealed he had manufactured and sold more than 100 firearms, most of them handguns, according to the New York Times.

“Untraceable ‘ghost guns’ pose a serious threat to public safety,” said Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “As alleged, the defendant agreed with others to buy the parts for these firearms, put them together at his home, and then unlawfully sold or attempted to sell over 100 of them. Thanks to our law enforcement partners, the defendant has been arrested, and his deadly ghost gun business has been shut down.”

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Rhode Island passed a law in 2020 that outlaws possessing, making, or selling homemade firearms, but federal law still allows it. However, federal law does not allow a person to be “in the business” of manufacturing or selling firearms without a license.

Alcantara told federal investigators he did not plan to sell the firearms he had been making. But a search of Alcantara’s phone allegedly revealed that he offered to have his mother transport firearms to the Dominica Republic.

Investigators also took the number of “ghost gun” kits Alcantara purchased as evidence for his intent to sell. The complaint mentions he had been making “substantial numbers” of firearms and details conversations between Alcantara and a retailer of unfinished firearms about his intent to purchase “large numbers” of kits.

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Authorities also found photos on his phone of a sanding belt, a hydraulic drill press, and other tools used in assembling the guns, according to the Times.

So-called “ghost guns” have landed in the crosshairs of the anti-gun lobby in recent years. It has always been legal in the United States to manufacture guns at home for personal use, but opponents of the practice claim that modern “ghost gun” kits make the process too easy.

That’s the basis for a new rule proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives that would ban “ghost guns” and create a new standard for what counts as a “frame or receiver.” Rather than use the state of manufacture, the new standard would consider the time, skill, and tools needed to turn raw material into frames or receivers.

This latest high-profile arrest appears to be in concert with that larger campaign.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • Jerry McClellan January 14, 2022, 6:32 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a AR-15 Colt Vietnam Commemorative new in a show case-

  • Louis J Ferro III January 13, 2022, 8:39 pm

    Sorry brothers and sisters but looks like were gonna have to ” EMBRACE THE SUCK ” as long as Bidens in the big house. Nothing more can be said because we already said it all . ‘

  • JB January 12, 2022, 10:01 pm

    Ghost Gun is as false a term as Assault Rifle.

    A gun lacking a serial number has no magical features. If you believe the KGB a gun without a serial number is more deadly than one with numbers.

    Another big lie by government.

    Its laughable that a drill press and sanding belt are presented as evil tools of Ghost Gunners. It seems the only contraband the Feds are interested in are small lots of guns that lack serial numbers. Open Borders- No issue there.

    What they are missing are the AK’s being made from junk cars. Several
    AK ‘s can be sourced from a junked F100 with axles providing barrels and bolts. Basic machine tools and an oxy acetylene torch for heat treatment and welding are in most every farm shop today.

    But when Freedom Fighting Patriots are in need of guns they usually get them from dead enemy fighters.

  • Dexter Winslett January 12, 2022, 10:39 am

    Water the tree of liberty.

  • Blue Dog (he/him) January 11, 2022, 3:52 pm

    This isn’t a worst-case scenario where ghost guns are concerned but it is pretty close. How many people have lost their lives to gun violence involving ghost guns produced by this underground manufacturer? How many other ghost gun manufacturers are churning out untraceable firearms that stay closer to home? Arming gangs, terrorists and insurrectionists? These kinds of outlaw gun manufacturing facilities only help highlight the danger of ghost guns and the need for common sense solutions.

    • Kevin January 12, 2022, 12:42 pm

      Well are’nt you a bootlicking un-American freedom hating communist.

      • Jeff January 12, 2022, 8:32 pm

        😅: good one. Going to use it.

    • Jim January 12, 2022, 2:02 pm

      Think about how many of these firearms made it into the hands of terrorists groups like Antifa and BLM.

      • Blue Dog (he/him) January 12, 2022, 4:27 pm

        That would be bad too. Any unregistered firearms are better kept out of the hands of street gangs, whether motivated by greed or politics, and more importantly off American streets.

        I mean, Antifa named itself after the Berlin Wall. The official name of the Berlin Wall was the Antifascist Protection Wall. That is probably why their sigil features a German language slogan.

    • Ron January 12, 2022, 5:41 pm

      People wouldn’t be going this route if the government wasn’t trying to take all their rights to own guns and protect themselves. This market was almost unheard of until the liberals started the craziness. If they would have left law abiding citizens alone, it would not have come to this.

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