Wasilla felon accused of possessing large arsenal of firearms

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009

WASILLA - Authorities say a 53-year-old Wasilla man amassed a huge arsenal of firearms despite being a felon.

Gregory Dale Hayes has been charged with one count of being a felon in possession of firearms. He is accused of possessing 28 firearms, including semiautomatic guns and rifles with high-capacity magazines.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Hayes would buy guns online, have them delivered to gun stores, then have two women - a girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend - pick them up. The weapons were mostly stored at the home of Hayes' girlfriend's parents in safes.

According to an affidavit from special agent Thomas J. King, the investigation on Hayes started when employees at a gun store tipped off Wasilla police that his behavior was abnormal.

King said Hayes went to the stores and asked a lot of questions without purchasing the weapons. Later, a woman would come in and make purchases.

King alleges Hayes kept the guns in the safes to keep them from view of his probation officer.

Hayes' girlfriend was arrested for unrelated charges. Federal agents said she told them Hayes was buying the weapons as an investment.

"People don't ordinarily buy firearms, shoot them, take the time to load them and keep them loaded, buy bullet proof vests, and components for improvised explosive devices, and look into the acquisition of silencers, strictly for investment purposes," King wrote.

Hayes has multiple felony convictions for assault, as well as weapon and drug offenses, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

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