Muskingum Co. Exotic Animal Owner's Weapon Inventory Brought Federal Charges


The Muskingum County man who gained national attention after releasing more than 50 exotic animals before shooting himself had stashed hundreds of guns.

Terry Thompson was convicted on federal charges because some of the guns he owned were fully automatic and his license to deal firearms had expired, 10TV’s Paul Aker reported.

Federal agents seized stacks of guns as seen in several photos exculsively obtained by 10TV.

Thompson's collection of 133 guns included an AK-47 and a Vietnam era handgun. According to federal agents, Thompson sold the guns on the black market.

While talking to an informant, Thompson said he was “showing exotic animals.”

According to government officials, those animals made Thompson’s home an environmental nightmare, Aker reported.

The deposition said that the monkeys inside the home created such a bad odor that the air was “unsafe to breathe.”

Marian Thompson, Terry Thompson’s widow, is involved in a lawsuit to get the weapons back, Aker reported.

Thompson’s attorney did not return a call for comment.

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