A Mauston man is facing charges after he sold a firearm to a confidential informant back in August.  On August 11th a confidential informant purchased a Ruger LCP .380 Caliber firearm from 38 year old Brian Smolenski.  Smolenski is a convicted felon and not allowed to be in a possession of a firearm.  Smolenski seemed to be aware of this as he sent numerous text messages to the informant, discussing how he could get in trouble for this an advised the informant to delete any messages about the sale.  Smolenski is being charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.