CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE:
Former Virginia Tech student and Chinese citizen, Yunsong Zhao, who was accused of possessing an assault rifle while on visa status, is now in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, according to the Roanoke City Jail.
According to his attorney, Jason Wolfrey, he was transferred after posting bond.
Former Virginia Tech student and Chinese citizen, Yunsong Zhao was granted a $2,500 bond Thursday in Montgomery County court.
Zhao faces a charge of possessing an assault weapon that isn't allowed for people with his visa status. He came to the U.S. on a student visa.
The general district judge said he predicts the cast will be hard for the commonwealth to handle because of the evidence presented in court.
A Blacksburg detective said he was called to follow Zhao to a gun range where he observed Zhao firing an AR-15 with a 30 round magazine which is illegal for someone with Zhao's visa status.
He was arrested and charged based on that observation.
Zhao testified that he had traded out 30 round magazines for a gun sling when he bought the gun because he knew he wasn't allowed to have them. He said to the court he instead bought three 20 round magazines which he's legally allowed to have.
It's now up to a grand jury to certify the charges to the circuit court.