Columbus man charged with making and selling ‘ghost weapons’

Thomas Develin, a former member of the Ohio National Guard, was arrested by federal agents for making and selling untraceable homemade weapons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former member of the Columbus Ohio National Guard charged with making terrorist threats against a Jewish school now faces federal charges related to manufacturing and selling ghost weapons.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced that federal agents arrested 24-year-old Thomas Devlin for making untraceable homemade weapons made in whole or in part with a 3D printer.

Develin allegedly created the Ghost Guns to sell for a profit. He also allegedly owned homemade conversion devices to convert AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and Glock-type pistols into fully automatic machine guns.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said officers discovered more than 25 firearms in Develin’s residence and vehicle while executing a search warrant in March 2022.

Develin was indicted earlier this year after being accused of making anti-Semitic and violent statements while working as a private security guard for Columbus Torah Academy.

According to court documents, Develin’s online activity on Discord and Snapchat revealed a large amount of anti-Semitic, white nationalist, racist and misogynistic content. Develin has used the fictitious name “Patrick Bateman” online.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office provided the following examples of Develin’s online postings:

  • In September 2021, Develin allegedly posted a photo of the synagogue where he worked at the time and said, in part, “Having an internal debate that if an active shooter comes in, I might just join him .”
  • In November 2021, Develin allegedly posted a video of him sniffing a gun. In the video, Develin says, “This one smells like dead Jews.”
  • In a December 2021 Discord post, Develin allegedly wrote, “Igh, it’s time to turn Wright Pat Air Force Base into Fort Hood in 2009.”
  • In January 2022, Develin reportedly posted a photo of a New Albany synagogue with the text “The Holocaust didn’t happen” and “If anything, I’ll scream 6 million wasn’t enough.”
  • A Snapchat video from March 2022 shows Develin showing off a gun at a Jewish school in Columbus.
  • Develin also allegedly posted several times advocating the rape of women.
  • Additional posts Develin posted online touched on the commission of terrorist attacks at John Glenn International Airport and the Budweiser manufacturing plant in Columbus and the killing of a Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy and the deputy’s entire family.

Develin was charged in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas with two counts of threatening terrorism, tampering with evidence and two counts of possessing a dangerous prescription.

He was released on those charges in April after posting bail.

Develin is scheduled to appear in district court Wednesday afternoon regarding his federal charges.

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