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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Tennessee

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rockford Resident Sentenced For Federal Firearms Violations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On Mar. 25, 2014, Brandon Waldrip, 32, of Rockford, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison, by the Honorable Thomas W. Varlan, Chief U.S. District Judge, for possession of unregistered weapons and selling a firearm to a convicted felon. Upon his release from prison, Waldrip will be subject to two years of supervised release.

Waldrip pleaded guilty in September 2013, to knowingly possessing two silencers without serial numbers and not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. He also pleaded guilty to knowingly selling a firearm to a convicted felon.

Facts stipulated in the plea agreement on file with the U.S. District Court show that Waldrip began making and selling firearms silencers beginning in January 2013. In February 2013, he sold a silencer to an undercover agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Additionally, in February 2013, Waldrip sold a firearm to an individual working on behalf of law enforcement who asked if he could leave the gun at Waldrip’s house stating, “being a convicted felon, I’m not trying to have them pop up, you know, home inspection . . . .” Waldrip agreed to this request even after being informed by the individual that he was a convicted felon. The firearm was retrieved by the individual from Waldrip’s house in March 2013.

This conviction was the result of an investigation conducted by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Knoxville Police Department.

Updated March 18, 2015