CONCORD — A Nashua man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to unlawful possession of a firearm after he bought a gun from an undercover federal officer. 

According to a news release Ryan Burns, 39, exchanged an antique gun, a box of .22-caliber ammunition and $100 cash for a .45-caliber firearm on Dec. 4. The person who gave him the .45-caliber gun was a federal officer.

Burns was not supposed to have any firearms because he was once involuntarily committed for a mental health issue, according to the news release. Federal law prohibits people with certain mental health issues from possessing firearms.

Burns will be sentenced on Jan. 14. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department investigated the case. The case is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, a Department of Justice grant to investigate and prosecute gun crimes. 

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