PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Provo man is facing charges for violating federal firearms laws which stem from an investigation in which he allegedly planned to bomb three Provo buildings.
Keith Max Pierce, 34, was under investigation by the FBI's Join Terrorism Task Force since November 2012. An FBI source was introduced to Pierce through an online gun advertisement Pierce made.
Pierce allegedly made statements to an FBI source about bombing the Internal Revenue Service in Provo, the Provo Police Department and the Provo City Justice Court.
Pierce also told the informant he had access to fully automatic weapons and that had the tools and knowledge to make them. During the investigation, Pierce allegedly made a deal to make one fully automatic AR-15 firearm for an undercover agent.
According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, Pierce is accused of giving a modified AR-15 fully automatic firearm with an obliterated serial number to the FBI agent in May 2013. The complaint states the exchange took place in the clubhouse parking lot of the Branburry Apartment Complex located at 1724 North 450 West in Provo.
The machine gun was not registered in the National Firearms Registration.
Pierce is facing charges of illegal possession of machine guns, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and failure to register as a dealer and manufacturer.