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Former DCI supervisor acknowledged selling guns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that a former state Division of Criminal Investigation supervisor has acknowledged that he built and sold guns without a federal firearms license.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that records it obtained from the state Justice Department show Jay Smith acknowledged in an email to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that he never made a profit. An ATF investigation into Smith last year resulted in no charges.

Dan Bethards, a former DCI agent who worked under Smith, brought forward allegations in 2012 that Smith was building and selling firearms without a license, including selling two weapons to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Bethards was fired in October 2013 for violating state Department of Justice rules.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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