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Authorities: Man Brought Nearly 50 Guns From South And Tried To Sell Them In NYC

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Another major bust in Brooklyn gets dozens of guns that allegedly came here from the South off the streets. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.

Christopher McPhaul, whose nickname is "Country," is accused by authorities of bringing nearly 50 guns from the South and selling them to undercover police officers here.

"Defendant McPhaul traveled to the Raeford-Fayetteville section of North Carolina for the purpose of re-upping his supply of weapons, and returned to Brooklyn a short time later to sell them," Hynes said.

The guns range from pistols to assault rifles that can fire up to 100 rounds, some of them were ready to be used right away.

"It was one of two fully assembled assault weapons that he sold with ammunition inside the vestibule of a residential building," Kelly said.

Authorities say McPhaul used multiple cell phones to keep in contact with his suppliers and buyers between North Carolina and New York. He didn't know one buyer was an undercover police officer when he sent him one text in particular.

"He texted, in code, 'I have lots of toys for kids. I'm back. A little $2,500 will take them all,'" Hynes said.

The news conference comes as Hynes is fighting for his political life. Hynes is running as a Republican and Conservative after losing the Democratic primary to Ken Thompson. Election Day is three weeks away.

Hynes joked about Thompson when asked where the alleged gun dealer lived.

"Who are we talking about, my opponent?" Hynes said, laughing.

Kelly's days as the city's top police officer are also quite possibly coming to an end. Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio says he'd replace Kelly over what he calls the misuse of stop-and-frisk, which the commissioner says has helped get guns off the street.

"The murders of young people 13 to 21 is down 53 percent this year compared to last year," Kelly said.

The question now is whether there will be a next year for Kelly.

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