Firearms dealer sentenced for false record keeping

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – A licensed firearms dealer has been sentenced in Atlanta for making false entries in required records.

The ATF began investigating Liquidation Outlet Center in the Greenbriar Discount Mall in Atlanta after learning that convicted felons were buying guns there.

They purchaser would tell the store about their legal status and then the store would set up someone else to make the purchase on paper, a “straw purchase.”

“This firearms dealer and her company made it possible for criminals to obtain dangerous weapons by allowing felons to buy firearms through straw purchasers,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.

Prosecutors documented that on June 30, 2016 that a convicted felon bought a .40 caliber gun after telling clerks of his status.  They allowed a female companion to buy it for him.

A month later, another felon failed a background check.  But a clerk allowed him to buy a 9mm pistol through another woman.

And they documented another identical scenario four months later.

Over three years, they traced 180 weapons from crime scenes across the south to LOC.

They were in 13 states and the District of Columbia, including Tennessee.

But after all that, Dawn Anderson was sentenced to only a year of probation and community service.

However, agents did confiscate 280 firearms and 69,000 rounds of ammunition during a raid last year.

Anderson forfeited all the stock and was forced to close the business.

She also has lost her federal license to sell firearms.

“Many gun dealers are law abiding business owners and members of our community.  They work hard to build success, promote commerce and support our rights.  However, when a gun dealer chooses to ignore our laws and regulations and decides to provide guns to prohibited individuals it places our entire community in harm’s way,” said Special Agent in Charge Arthur Peralta.  “This sentence should serve as notice to those individuals who choose to circumvent federal and local laws for personal gain.”he case.

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