Man faces federal gun charges after raid near Clinton

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) — A Clinton man was charged today in federal court with illegally possessing a firearm.

The complaint alleges that Austin Hedges, 23, knowing that he had previously been committed to a mental institution, possessed a .38 caliber pistol.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Hedge’s home in Clinton Wednesday, and the pistol was found in his possession.

Hedges was arrested by FBI agents. He appeared in federal court in Madison this afternoon and remains in federal custody.

The complaint and affidavit allege that Hedges was the subject of an Order of Commitment issued in Rock County Circuit Court on June 12, 2013.

As part of that order, Hedges was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.

The charge against Hedges is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman is handling the prosecution.

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