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Several illegal machine guns found at Truckee man’s home

Robyn Moormeister
Sun News Service

A local man is in jail after Nevada County sheriff’s investigators found machine guns, including a firearm used to shoot down aircraft, at the man’s home on Greenlee Road, off of Hobart Mills Road just outside of Truckee town limits.

Timothy Christopher Ryan, 46, was arrested early this morning as he left his home, accompanied by his two children.

Deputies had been staking out the house, waiting for Ryan to leave and distance himself from the combat weaponry before they made contact with him.

Inside several outbuildings including a garage, deputies found two machine guns, a nonregistered assault rifle and a Browning Model 1919 machine gun.

The Browning gun is an anti-aircraft machine gun used by the U.S. and other countries especially in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, said Nevada County sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith.

Officials began investigating Ryan after he threatened to kill a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service at his home about a month ago.