Tacoma man charged with keeping AR-15 in hole in wall

SEATTLE (AP) — A Tacoma man with domestic violence conviction is now charged with possessing a fully automatic assault rifle.

Seattlepi.com reports that federal prosecutors say the 29-year-old man had an AR-15 machine gun hidden in a hole in the wall of his home.

According to court papers, police visited the man's home in June because his pregnant girlfriend said he threw her against a wall and threatened to shoot her.

Prosecutors say police found a pistol in the bedroom and five long guns hidden in a plywood-covered hole.  The P-I reports the collection included two hunting rifles and two AR-15s one of which was fully automatic, according to charging papers.

The man can't legally possess a gun because he was convicted of assaulting his estranged wife in 2012. According to charging papers, he also pointed a gun at her during an argument.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Jan. 8.