Douglas Haig indicted for illegally manufacturing ammunition without license

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A federal grand jury sitting in Las Vegas indicted Mesa, Arizona resident Douglas Haig Wednesday.

Haig has been charged with one count of engaging in the business of manufacturing ammunition without a license, United States Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI’s Las Vegas Division announced. 

The investigation of the 55-year-old Haig arose out of the investigation of the October 1 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival where he illegally produced ammunition linked to the 2017 shooting in Las Vegas.

Haig is scheduled for an initial court appearance on the Indictment before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. on September 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He was previously charged in a criminal complaint.

According to allegations in the indictment, from July 2016 to October 19, 2017, Haig was illegally conducting business as a manufacturer of various ammunition types and did not have a federal firearms license to manufacture ammunition.

Haig previously operated “Specialized Military Ammunition,” an Internet business selling high explosive armor piercing incendiary ammunition, armor piercing incendiary ammunition, and armor piercing ammunition. Business records revealed that Haig sold armor piercing ammunition throughout the United States, including Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming, and South Carolina. 

During an interview with investigators, Haig told investigators that he reloads ammunition, but does not offer reloaded cartridges for sale to his customers and none of the ammunition recovered in Las Vegas crime scenes would have tool marks on them consistent with his reloading equipment. 

Based on a forensic examination of rounds recovered inside the suspect’s rooms at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino following the mass shooting, Haig’s fingerprints were found on reloaded, unfired .308 caliber cartridges.

Forensic examination also revealed that armor piercing ammunition recovered inside of the shooter’s rooms had tool marks consistent with Haig’s reloading equipment.

The indictment contains only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Burns, Nicholas D. Dickinson, and Cristina D. Silva.

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