Winthrop man had homemade ‘ghost’ guns and 3,000 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors say

Investigators also reported finding a DVD titled, "How to Build Your Untraceable AR-15 at Home."

A 56-year-old Winthrop man facing several weapons charges allegedly had unregistered “ghost” guns, 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a DVD titled “How to Build Your Untraceable AR-15 at Home” in his apartment, prosecutors said during his arraignment Tuesday.

Victor Pagliuaca pleaded not guilty in a virtual Suffolk Superior Court hearing, where a judge ordered him to surrender his passport and to not possess firearms, WCVB reports. Pagliuaca remains out on bail.

According to the news station, authorities launched an investigation into Pagliuaca as part of a federal probe into the illegal shipment of firearms, silencers, and suppressors.

Assistant Attorney General Lynn Brennan said Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s office found two 9 millimeter “‘ghost’ guns with no serial numbers.”


“Ghost” guns are usually made from kits, which contain about 80 percent of the pieces needed to construct a working firearm, WCVB reports. The buyer supplies the rest of the parts, and the guns are not regulated as firearms because they don’t work when they are sold.

Brennan said Pagliuaca is not licensed to own firearms and has a “long standing history of arrest involving violent gun use.”

Inside the apartment, investigators also found templates to make “ghost” guns, high-capacity magazines, and a copy of “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler, according to Brennan.

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