US man charged with gun smuggling to Britain

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A US court has charged a man with illegally smuggling more than 60 pistols to Britain by dismantling and hiding them in his checked luggage, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Steven Neal Greenoe, 37, of North Carolina, faces 50 counts related to the illegal export of firearms, some carrying a possible sentence of up to ten years and others of up to five years and a $250,000 fine.

The indictment says Greenoe exported 63 pistols from North Carolina to Britain between February and July 2010 by taking the guns apart, disguising them as machinery samples and packing them into his checked luggage.

"Our federal firearms laws were put into place to protect our citizens," US Attorney George Holding said in a statement.

"However, our obligation as good neighbors is just as important to ensure that others are not harmed by individuals who break our firearms laws."

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