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Federal Firearms Licensee Indicted in Nine Count Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2009

Acting United States Attorney Eugene A. Seidel, announced today that Larry Dale McCoy, a Federal Firearms Licensee doing business as Larry’s Sporting Goods & Gun Shop has been indicted on one (1) count of transferring a firearm to a prohibited person, four (4) counts of sale and delivery of firearms without making required records, and four (4) counts of making a false entry in records by a Federal Firearms Licensee.

In making this announcement, Acting U. S. Attorney Seidel stated, “This case involves the alleged illegal sale of firearms, and has as its goal the increased safety of our citizens through the reduction of gun related violence. The investigation involving the Mobile Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the resulting indictment and arrest, is yet another example of the excellent cooperation between local and federal agencies in this District. The MPD and ATF are to be congratulated on their fine work.”

The Indictment charges that on three occasions in 2007 and one occasion in 2009, McCoy sold firearms without making the records required to be kept by a Federal Firearms Licensee, and did make false entries into those records. The Indictment further charges that on April 11, 2009, McCoy knowingly sold a firearm to an individual he had reason to believe was a convicted felon.

Mobile Police Chief Phillip Garrett stated, “The collaborative efforts of the Mobile Police Department and federal agencies have proven fruitful in sending a very simple, clear message…gun laws are in place to save lives and will be enforced to the fullest extent of the law. The illegal sale, purchase, or transfer of guns will not be tolerated.”

The sale of firearms without making the required records and the sale of a firearm to a convicted felon are both felony offenses. Sale of a firearm without making the required records is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(b)(5). The statutory maximum penalty provided by law is 5 years imprisonment. The sale of a firearm to a convicted felon is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(d)(1). The statutory maximum penalty provided by law is 10 years imprisonment. The making of false entries in records of a Federal Firearm Licensee is a violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 922(m). The statutory maximum penalty for this misdemeanor offense is one year imprisonment.

“The illegal transfer of firearms can wreak havoc on public safety. While the majority of firearms dealers follow the law and work hard in a closely regulated business, a small percent supply guns which fuels violent crime and gang activity. This investigation is yet another example of the successful cooperation between ATF and the Mobile Police Department,” said James Cavanaugh, Special Agent in Charge of ATF.

As in all criminal cases, the Indictment returned by the Grand Jury is only a charge and the Defendant is presumed innocent.

This case was investigated by the Mobile Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.

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