Detroit man sentenced to federal prison after trying to sell hand grenades

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If you are unsure as to whether or not the possession of a hand grenade is legal, look no further than 29-year-old Detroit man, Bryron Ross.

Ross pleaded guilty on Friday to the unregistered possession and intent to sell four live hand grenades to an FBI informant in December of 2017. According to court records, Ross had negotiated the price per weapon to $150. He was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison.



The Detroit News reports that the four "pineapple-style" hand grenades underwent testing in an FBI facility following Ross' arrest and were deemed functional and were found to contain black powder.

Under the National Firearms Act (NFA), military-style hand grenades are illegal to possess as of a 1968 amendment which categorized hand grenades as "destructive devices" which are mostly bombs, explosives or other propellant-style weapons.



U.S. Attorney Matthew Schnieder referred to a hand grenade as being "an instrument of extreme violence," in a release on Monday. "These are military weapons used to wound, main and kill on the battlefield — they have no place on our streets."

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