Bundy supporter arrested for NFA violation during FBI sting
A Seattle man with ties to the so-called patriot movement and who allegedly made threats to kill government officials was arrested earlier this month for possessing an unregistered rifle with a barrel less than 16.5 inches.
Schuyler Pyatte Barbeau, of Springdale, Washington, was charged with possession of a short-barreled rifle, according to the criminal complaint filed Dec. 2. Under federal law, a rifle that has a barrel less than 16.5 inches must be registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
A confidential informant told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Barbeau was always armed with a .45-caliber pistol and kept the SBR chambered in 5.56, body armor and a helmet in his car, the complaint says.
Barbeau invited the informant over to his trailer on Oct. 19 to discuss selling the SBR, which he was willing to let go with a longer barrel, holographic optics and other accessories, for $5,000. He then asked the informant to find a buyer and take pictures of the rifle.
The informant said that Barbeau frequently told him that it was his duty to educate public servants who were not living up to their oath and discussed “lynching” those he deemed unworthy if necessary, the complaint says.
In one instance, Barbeau told the informant that he and other like-minded individuals would physically remove a California judge presiding over a misdemeanor weapons violation he received in the fall of 2014, the complaint says.
After federal agents received the tip, they began an open source investigation into the matter, i.e. searching Facebook.
On Barbeau’s social media page, he had a number of pictures of firearms, including the SBR, the complaint says. A number of the comments by Barbeau and friends about the pictures identified the rifle as being an SBR.
Barbeau contacted the informant via telephone on Nov. 3 to talk about the sale and told him he wanted to use the money to buy a rifle chambered in 7.62, which he believed would be “more effective in shootouts with law enforcement,” the complaint says. A few days later, on Nov. 8, the informant met with Barbeau and informed him he had a buyer. Barbeau said he would consider the offer.
Barbeau contacted the informant on Nov. 20 via a private Facebook message to say he was ready to sell the SBR and they arranged to meet on Nov. 22. That day, Barbeau dropped off the gun at the informant’s house and told him to get him the money as soon as possible. Later that day, the informant contacted agents with the FBI, who took possession of the SBR.
On Nov. 24, the FBI collaborated with an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who certified that the rifle had a barrel less than 16 inches and said that it needed to be registered, which it was not, the complaint says.