The Austin Police Department recently completed what the department calls a proactive weapons violation investigation.
APD will tell you taking any weapon out of the hands of a criminal is a good thing. A recent investigation and subsequent arrest took a convicted felon off the street along with a number of firearms found in his possession.
The investigation began on March 20. APD witnessed Eric Davila selling a handgun in a parking lot at 830 Bastrop Highway. Police learned the firearm was reported as stolen in a 2011 vehicle burglary.
Along with the handgun Davila also had two assault rifles at the time of the sale. With an arrest warrant and search warrant for his Austin home police found a total of 21 firearms--13 handguns, five shotguns two assault rifles and another rifle.
Davila has a 3rd degree felony conviction for unlawful restraint.
APD Commander Donald Baker says his department is all for background checks. But it won't always work. This case is a prime example.
"Just like in this case this individual was not going to be doing any background checks, you don't know where these weapons are going to," APD Commander Donald Baker said. "So now we are trying to track to who is the owner of these firearms, right now we know ten are confirmed stolen but the other 11 we have to do a lot of research and it's easier if you do have a system if the owner is doing the responsible thing making sure it is registered when they make the sale, just like you do when you sell a car."
Austin police haven't tied Davila to any crimes involving those confiscated weapons, but authorities are investigating any possible ties to recent area burglaries.