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Queens men charged after buying 'ghost guns' meant for racial, civil, holy war, feds say

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Posted at 9:10 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 21:10:02-04

BROOKLYN — Two Queens men who allegedly bought defaced firearms and assault rifles for a civil war were charged in a Brooklyn court, federal officials said Wednesday.

Daniel Jou, 40, and Joseph Miner, 29, both of Bayside, Queens, are charged with receiving and possessing multiple firearms with obliterated serial numbers — guns that would be untraceable after purchase, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Officials said the men offered to spend thousands of dollars to purchase guns from an undercover agent posing as a firearms dealer. The firearms in question included a "ghost" assault-style rifle made from different gun parts and without serial numbers or other identifying markings.

Law enforcement began investigating Miner back in 2019 when he posted his interests in buying weapons for a "racial civil war" or "racial holy war" on social media, according to authorities.

He also posted several photos online depicting or referencing violent crimes, hatred for women and various minority groups, and "go[ing] out in a blaze of glory" in a mass shooting, among other things.

Miner initiated contact with the undercover agent posing as the arms dealer in April 2020, expressing interest in purchasing the guns for himself and Jou. Over the course of a few weeks, the men continued to reach out to the agent to purchase more firearms, ammunition and a silencer.

The men were arrested Tuesday evening and appeared before a judge Wednesday.