Path 27

Texas Man Sentenced to 8 Years After List of Lawmakers, Custom Gun, Found in Home

Path 27

A judge sentenced a Texas man Thursday to eight years prison time after he was arrested with a gun he built while under a protective order barring him from possessing a firearm.

Eric Gerard McGinnis was sentenced to jail time after authorities apprehended McGinnis in a wooded forest firing off shots with a rifle he’d assembled himself, according to CNN.

The man also possessed a list labeled “9/11/2001 list of American Terrorists,” that included the names as well as home and work addresses of several Democratic and Republican lawmakers, according to NBC5.

Dallas police arrested McGinnis in July 2017. McGinnis was under a standing protective order barring him from possessing a firearm at the time of his arrest. The court issued the order in 2015 after he engaged in a violent encounter with his girlfriend, CNN reported.

McGinnis tried to buy a semi-automatic rifle from a gun shop in June 2016 but was turned away after a background check flagged the protective order barring McGinnis from buying a gun. Undeterred, McGinnis used a 3-D printer to build the firing mechanism of a rifle. He gathered other gun parts including a barrel, stock, and upper receiver and grip, CNN reported.

Soros Sex Nightmare: Right-Hand Man Accused of Rape & Claiming to Rape Own Daughter

McGinnis assembled a short-barrel AR-15 style rifle from the parts, according to KDFW.

“I didn’t buy a gun, I built the gun,” McGinnis said on a phone call in prison, according to CNN. “The upper, I printed a lower, and I built it — installed the trigger and did all that stuff. I built it.”

McGinnis’s sentence comes after the court found him guilty of illegally possessing an unregistered gun and ammunition, according to CNN.

“When he realized he couldn’t legally purchase a firearm, Eric McGinnis circumvented our gun laws by 3D-printing his weapon, eliminating the need for a background check,” U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas Nealy Cox said, according to NBC.

“This office is committed to keeping guns out of the hands of those who violate protective orders for domestic violence, no matter how the guns are obtained — by theft, purchase or 3D printing,” Cox added.

Authorities believe McGinnis harbored an interest in James Hodgkinson who, in June 2017, shot Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and wounded five others.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact

Prosecutors Investigating Potential Criminal Charges for Cuomo a Day After Harassment Bombshell

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →


We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, ,
Path 27
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.