Lockport man charged with possessing stolen firearm as felon

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A Lockport man has been charged by federal grand jury with possessing a stolen firearm and ammunition as a felon. 

Daniel Hunt, 41, of Lockport, was charged Tuesday. If he is convicted, Hunt’s charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, on Sept. 21, Lockport Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by Hunt after receiving reports of an individual driving a similar vehicle who was kicking bags of garbage into the Erie Canal. 

During the stop, officers detected alcohol on Hunt’s breath and asked him to perform sobriety tests, which he failed. 

After Hunt failed the tests, officers recovered a gun case containing a semi-automatic rifle and 446 round from the vehicle. 

Hunt has three prior felony convictions in Niagara County Court. 

He is being held until a detention hearing on Thursday. 

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