Kelly man arrested on weapons charges

W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Kelly man was arrested by deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Dec. 18, and charged with a number of firearm voilations.

Deputies also confiscated more than 130 weapons.

Arrested was Andrew Jackson Simmons, 72, a convicted felon who was charged with one count of felonious possession of a firearm by a felon and four counts of possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

“This arrest was the result of an investigation after my office received a tip and my Investigators followed up on it and obtained a search warrant which we executed Friday morning,” said Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “The definition of weapons of mass destruction in this state includes weapons that are fully automatic and weapons that have a barrel length or overall length that is below those required by law.

“In this case we located one weapon capable of fully automatic fire and three weapons that were too short to be legally possessed,” he added. “This was an extremely large seizure of weapons and it took almost the entire day just to locate, inventory and collect the weapons.”

Simmons was placed in Bladen County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond. He had a first appearance hearing on Monday, Dec. 21.

W. Curt Vincent

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