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Convicted felon accused of possessing illegal weapons

Anthony Ulm. Source: Vanderbugh County Jail Anthony Ulm. Source: Vanderbugh County Jail

Federal authorities say an Evansville man, who has been convicted of numerous felonies, is now charged with possessing illegal weapons.  

The announcement was made Monday afternoon at the federal building in Evansville.

Federal officials made it clear they will be getting tough on convicted felons who have illegal weapons.

The latest arrest was 36-year-old Anthony Ulm.

United States Attorney Joseph Hogsett says Ulm has been convicted a dealing meth in Pike County, as well as being convicted of theft in Vanderburgh County.  

Ulm is the man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of items back in December.  

On Monday, authorities say they also found that Ulm had powerful guns in his possession.

"A .22 caliber rifle, a .223 caliber rifle, as well as a 12 gauge shotgun. So this was not an incidental possession. These are powerful weapons all of which were in the hands of a convicted felon," said United State Attorney Joseph Hogsett.

"When a gun is in the hands of a convicted felon, there is an exponentially higher likelihood that gun is going to be used in a crime of violence then when that gun is in the hand of a law-abiding licensed gun owner," Hogsett said.

Authorities say those guns are off the street. Ulm faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  

Hogsett says the number of convicted felons facing federal gun charges is dramatically going up in the Evansville area.

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