Police seize 3 dozen firearms from Rutherford home by Rick Hepp/The Star-Ledger Tuesday March 25, 2008, 5:15 PM http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/03/police_seize_3_dozen_firearms.html Authorities today seized 35 firearms, including several Russian-made assault rifles, from the home a Bergen County man suspected of illegally altering the weapons to make them fully automatic. Joseph Leone of Rutherford was charged with possessing and manufacturing assault weapons and machine guns, said Lt. Gerald Lewis, a State Police spokesman. Leone was being held in the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack in lieu of $50,000 bail. Police began investigating Leone after he ordered parts for an Uzi sub-machine gun from a Utah weapons manufacturer, said Detective Sgt. Tom Ryan, assigned to the State Police's street gang unit. The manufacturer, Vector Arms, contacted police after receiving the order and troopers interviewed Leone when he picked up the parts in New Jersey. Ryan said Leone "is an avid gun collector" who would purchase guns legally out of state and then illegally modify them when he returned home to New Jersey. When police raided the home yesterday, they found numerous parts and tools on Leone's kitchen table and weapons about the home unsecured. The State Police will have its firearms ballistic unit examine the weapons to determine whether they work, although Ryan said it appeared that numerous guns were "fully functional." Police are also looking into Leone's medical and mental history to determine if he is qualified to own the weapons.