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OKLAHOMA CITY—Police say a firefighter and a police officer have been charged for illegally possessing an unregistered fully automatic machine gun.

Authorities say 30-year-old Troy Ron Aebischer and 26-year-old John Harvey illegally obtained a machine gun last month.

The federal complaints allege that Aebischer purchased a Russian AK-47 machine gun from Harvey on Feb. 17.

Officials claim Harvey smuggled the gun back from Afghanistan after he was deployed.

Aebischer attempted to the sell the machine gun to a Blackwell police officer.

After learning about the proposal, the police department teamed up with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to meet with Aebischer undercover.

Both Aebischer and Harvey were arrested on March 1 and appeared in court Monday.

If they are convicted, each man could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Aebischer is a member of the Blackwell Fire Department and currently has a firearm license to purchase and sell guns out of his home-based business.

Harvey is a patrolman with the Blackwell Police Department.