Thursday, May 11, 2023

Newhouse Gets 14 Years for Manufacturing Automatic Weapons

 The Justice Department issued the following statement. 

A Jackson man was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and engaging in business as a manufacturer of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court documents, Kent Edward Newhouse, 41, possessed firearms on or about July 13, 2022 and July 20, 2022, and engaged in the business of manufacturing firearms from April to July 2022.  In April 2022, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discovered through a confidential informant that Newhouse was using 3D-printers to manufacture auto-sears, which are firearm components designed to cause semi-automatic firearms to function as fully automatic machineguns.  Under federal law, auto-sears are themselves machineguns.  On July 13, 2022, Newhouse sold a confidential informant a firearm and several auto-sears.  On July 20, 2022, a search warrant was executed at Newhouse’s residence, where additional firearms and auto-sears were located.  The government also obtained videos of Newhouse operating fully functional machineguns.  Newhouse was previously convicted of felony sale of controlled substances in Madison County in 2009.


Newhouse pled guilty on September 1, 2022 to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of engaging in business as a manufacturer of firearms. 

Newhouse is a convicted felon.  He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of selling controlled substances in Madison County in 2009. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Jackson Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bert Carraway and Andrew W. Eichner prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.



Kingfish note: This website broke the story last summer.  JJ reported on July 22, 2022: 

 The ATF arrested Kent Newhouse on July 21 for manufacturing machine pistols at his home just a few feet away from where children play golf at the Country Club of Jackson. Newhouse is the son of former Clarion-Ledger publisher John Newhouse.  

 ATF Special Agent Micah Snyder submitted an affidavit as part of an application for a complaint and arrest warrant against Kent Newhouse.  The ATF suspected Newhouse of possessing firearms, auto-sears, and a 3D-printer capable of manufacturing auto-sears even though he was a convicted felon. An auto sear converts a semi-automatic firearm such as an AR-15 to a full-automatic weapon.  

A confidential informant told the agent in April that Newhouse was trying to produce auto-sears for Glock pistols.  The police got on the trail but had no luck until the CI reported on July 7 that Newhouse was trying to sell several auto-sears designed for "AR-style pistols and rifles."  Newhouse allegedly produced four different videos that showed him shooting two different fully automatic machine guns and sent them to the CI.  

The CI said Newhouse showed him a full automatic AR pistol, four drop-in auto sears for AR-style firearms, and two pistols.  The two parties moved from talking to actually buying and selling.  The affidavit states: 

9.   On Monday, July 11, 2022, the same confidential source advised your affiant that NEWHOUSE was willing to meet with the confidential source at his residence, 13 Glen Eagles Drive, Jackson, Mississippi 39211, on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, and sell the source the four auto-sears for $400.00. The confidential source stated NEWHOUSE was also willing to sell an AR-style machine gun in his possession for $2,000.00....

10.  On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, your affiant conducted a monitored and controlled purchase of firearms from NEWHOUSE at his residence. During this purchase, NEWHOUSE sold the confidential source an AR-style pistol with an auto-seat· attached and two additional auto-sears for a total cost of$1,800.00. NEWHOUSE knowingly possessed these items prior to selling them to the confidential info1mant. These items were then recovered by the ATF. The AR-style pistol is identified as an Anderson Manufacturing pistol, model AM-15, serial number 21395261. The AR-style pistol was subsequently function-tested by the ATF and was preliminarily determined to be a machine gun.

Glen Eagles and CCJ residents said they have complained to the police about Newhouse for several years.  Sketchy individuals visited the home at all hours of the night.  To say neighbors lived in fear of Newhouse is an understatement.  

Newhouse is a convicted felon.  He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of selling controlled substances in Madison County in 2009.  

His mother, Brenda Newhouse, owns the Glenn Eagles Drive home that is in a small gated street adjacent to CCJ.   She is divorced from John.  

* The golf course behind the house across the street from the Newhouse home is not the "championship" golf course.  It is a separate nine-hole course used by children of members.

JPD also busted Newhouse for drug dealing.  JJ reported on August 10, 2022: 

 JPD arrested Kent Newhouse on July 20 for allegedly being.a convicted felon in possession of a firearm as well possession  of 80 grams of meth, 14 pills of oxycodone, and 57 pills of ecstasy at his residence on 13 Glenn Eagles Drive in Jackson. 

However, Mr. Kent was not indicted by a Hinds County grand jury.  The locals probably deferred to the feds. 




Anonymous said...

So, he lived over in the projects portion of CCJ.

Anonymous said...

Good, hes a felon.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your time at the Other Club. Club Fed.

Anonymous said...

How many of these autosears were used in crimes? probably none.

Anonymous said...

Illegal by regulation, not law. Thus unconstitutional.

Sarcasm Sam said...

I feel much safer now.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I loves my binary trigger. Pew, pew, pew...

Anonymous said...

I have a legal gatcrank and it’s fun until you realize that you just wasted $100 in ammo for less than 1 minute of fun. I would rather take my time with my 110 year old Swiss Mauser and some handloads.

Anonymous said...

What crime ? He’s as innocent as Phil & Brett!

Anonymous said...

Why aren’t all convicted felons with guns given the same sentencing ?

Anonymous said...

Why was he making these autosears when supposedly you can get them online cheaply?

Anonymous said...

@1:55 PM

People who can afford good ones receive better results.
That’s why some lawyers command a high salary and some sit around approving blog comments all day and begging for donations.

Anonymous said...

In my Will Ferrell Voice..."What an idiot"(kicks table)"

Anonymous said...

In my humble, personal opinion, the hoops and risks of owning any full auto completely outweigh any benefit. While they might be cool, they render any otherwise excellent firearm nearly unusable because of their inaccuracy. And they waste way too many bullets. If you are talking .9 mm or lower, that may not be cost-prohibitive. But on a 5.56mm NATO or larger it get's really expensive really quickly. But some people just like the idea of having a machine gun, I guess.

Anonymous said...

1:55: because most such felons don’t manufacture their firearms.

Anonymous said...

@3:09 PM - I paid 20-cents a round for my 7,500 rounds of 5.56. When the SHTF I will be ready. In the mean time I can shoot to my heart's content at the Magnolia RPC.

Anonymous said...

@3:44 - how many people are you planning to kill?

Anonymous said...

@11:08 - all of them were used in at least one crime, hence the prison sentence.

Anonymous said...

@12:14 - what do you define as the difference between laws and regulations? Are you a sovereign citizen as well?

Anonymous said...

@2:57 - Kingfish is not a lawyer. You were right about the rest.

Anonymous said...

Walking away from Mississippi is the best thing I ever did !

Anonymous said...

@3:09 - " If you are talking .9 mm or lower,"

You realize that bullet would be 0.035", or 3 caliber, and it would weigh less than 2 grains...

Anonymous said...

"Why aren’t all convicted felons with guns given the same sentencing?"

Depends on who's prosecuting them, State v Feds.

Anonymous said...

"Walking away from Mississippi is the best thing I ever did!"

I saw you up at the rest-stop near Grenada. You had sandwiches in a yellow bandana, hanging from a long stick on your shoulder. I wondered how long it would take you to get to Memphis. I admire you for doing it in sandals.

Moloney Laberto said...

I will need those 7,500 rounds of 5.56 and 500 rounds of 12 gauge that I bought at a bargain pre-covid price the way things are going. I also have kevlar, MREs, water purification kit, and a huge generator.

Anonymous said...

1 year would be enough for anyone on this charge.

Anonymous said...

If that's all he did, he'll be safe in prison. He will be admired. In fact, he'll be given a committee chair position upon arrival.

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