Easthampton man sentenced for illegal possession of self-built guns

He was sentenced to 70 months in prison

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Easthampton resident was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for illegally possessing self-built guns in New Hampshire.

United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice said 52-year-old Raymond L. Blackmer III pleaded guilty to the federal crime of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to statements made in connection with Blackmer’s earlier guilty plea, the Easthampton Police Department learned on November 6, 2015, that Blackmer was going to travel from Massachusetts to New Hampshire with one or more firearms, Rice said.

There was also information that indicated Blackmer had put together the firearms in his workshop in Easthampton from component parts that he had bought on the internet, Rice said.

Later that day, officers saw Blackmer leave his home with the suspected firearms and drive into Winchester, New Hampshire. Officers searched Blackmer’s car upon crossing the border, Rice said.

Rice also said that inside the trunk of Blackmer’s car were two AR-15 style rifles, rifle sites, and a loaded magazine. Easthampton police also searched his workshop and found nine firearms in various states of assembly, at least five of which were sufficiently complete to qualify as firearms under federal law.

Blackmer admitted that, at the time of the traffic stop and the execution of the warrants, he was previously convicted of felonies on at least five prior occasions. It is illegal for a convicted felon to possess firearms, Rice said.

In addition to the prison term, a judge also imposed a criminal fine of $1,000 and ordered Blackmer to serve three years of supervised release after he is released from prison. While on supervised release, Blackmer will be required to abide by certain restrictions on his activities and other conditions set by the court, Rice said.