Minnesota professor accused of illegally purchasing guns

A department head at the University of Minnesota has been accused of illegally purchasing guns.

KSTP-TV reports that Massoud Amin is under felony indictment for a charge of providing fabricated financial documents during his divorce. The indictment bans him from buying guns.

But investigators say he purchased 14 handguns from seven different gun shops in Minneapolis in a two-and-a-half week span this summer. Authorities seized the newly purchased weapons when they executed a search warrant on July 19.

Amin is charged with seven misdemeanors for buying the weapons.

Defense attorney Christopher Madel says Amin will prove his innocence in court.

Amin is the director of the university's Technical Leadership Institute. A university spokesman says they weren't aware of the charges against him and that he remains an active faculty member.

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