ST. PAUL (WJON News) - A Sauk Rapids man with a record of gun charges in St. Cloud has pleaded guilty to manufacturing firearms without a license.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced that 21-year-old Jay Olson engaged in the manufacture and sale of firearms between the fall of 2021 and April of 2022.

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In April, a law enforcement confidential source met Olson at a home in Waite Park. Olson sold the informant 16 unserialized guns, also known as “ghost guns”, nine high-capacity magazines, a silencer, an auto-sear, and other accessories. A search of Olson’s Sauk Rapids home found tools, firearm assembly kits, and assembly diagrams.

Olson pleaded guilty to one count of willfully engaging in the business of manufacturing firearms without a license.

Olson was already facing gun charges stemming from an incident where he allegedly fired shots in the alley behind The Pickled Loon in downtown St. Cloud in May of 2021.

Read more about that incident here.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a later date.

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