ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Wayne Velasquez, 30, of Albuquerque, was arraigned in federal court on Oct. 28 for possession of an unregistered firearm. Velasquez will remain in custody pending trial.
According to a criminal complaint, on Sept. 7, Albuquerque Police officers responding to a shooting incident encountered Velasquez sitting outside his residence with a gunshot wound to his foot. The officers allegedly observed a firearm lying on the floor of the residence. The firearm allegedly discharged when it fell to the floor, striking Velasquez in the foot.
The National Firearms Act mandates the registration of a firearm with the dimensions and characteristics of the firearm allegedly possessed by Velasquez in the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record. A search of the Record yielded no results for the firearm.
A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Velasquez faces up to 10 years in prison.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Albuquerque Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo Armijo is prosecuting the case.