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Owner of Lone Wolf Outdoor Supplies in Calamas is Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Transfer of Unregistered Machine Gun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2014

DAVENPORT, IA - On July 28, 2014, Larry Lee Brauer, age 63, from Calamus, Iowa, owner of Lone Wolf Outdoor Supplies was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to 14 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to possession and transfer of an unregistered machine gun, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Brauer was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, pay a $5,000 fine, and pay $100 towards the Crime Victims Fund.

In September 2013, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents began an investigation of the potential ongoing possession of machine guns, silencers, and sawed off shotguns at Brauer’s business in Calamus, Iowa, and requested a National Firearms Act (NFA) check on Larry Brauer. An NFA check queries all registered NFA firearms through ATF, and the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR), which is the central registry of all NFA firearms in the United States. The results of the check show no NFA firearms registered to Brauer.

By federal law, to possess an NFA firearm, it must be registered to the owner in this registration database. Machineguns, silencers, and sawed off shotguns are all NFA firearms which must be registered within the NFRTR. On October 19, 2013, law enforcement officers conducted a controlled purchase of a Norinco, MAK-90 machine gun from Brauer at Lone Wolf Outdoor Supplies. This firearm was later determined to be a functioning machine gun that was required to be registered under the NFA.

On November 13, 2013, law enforcement officers performed a search of Lone Wolf Outdoor Supplies and Brauer’s residence pursuant to federal search warrants. Officers found and seized an additional six sawed off shotguns, a firearm with a silencer, and a second machine gun. None of these firearms were properly registered as required by the NFA.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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