Gun dealer: FBI raided pricy collection

ederal officials confiscated at least 40 firearms from a home on the southwest side of Fort Wayne Friday.
ederal officials confiscated at least 40 firearms from a home on the southwest side of Fort Wayne Friday.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  As of Monday, there was still no official reason for recent FBI raids in Fort Wayne.  Federal officials targeted at least 10 properties in the Fort Wayne area Thursday and Friday.  A gun dealer in Fort Wayne said the guns taken during Friday’s raid could cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Friday, NewsChannel 15 got footage of officers and FBI agents removing at least 40 guns from a home on the southwest side of Fort Wayne.  On Monday, Angie Freeland looked over the footage.  She’s a managing partner with Freedom Firearms in Fort Wayne.

“The reason I’m so in awe of it I guess is because guns are getting harder and harder to get a hold of,” Freeland said.  “Some of these guns are hard to come by.”

Freeland pointed out several rifles and long guns carried by officers.  She also noted some rare weapons, which could be a telling statement about the owner.

“I see a lot of collector guns coming out so I’m assuming that this is a collector also,” Freeland said.

Freeland said the weapons are a pricy collection.

“I would say just from what I saw, we’re talking about 20 to $30,000 for just the ones I saw in that three minute clip,” Freeland said.

Gun stores are required to alert federal officials if someone buys more than one handgun in a five day period.  But Freeland said if the buyer is qualified, it’s legal to own as many weapons as the buyer can afford as long as they’re not prohibited by a felony or other restrictions.

As of Monday, the FBI was not giving a timetable of when it would release more information, saying it still may be a while.

Of the 10 properties raided, one of them was Michael Fabini’s home, the brother of former NFL player Jason Fabini.  NewsChannel 15 went to Michael Fabini’s home Monday for a comment.  Someone was there, but no one answered the door.

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