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Gun Collector Failed to Register Short Barrel Rifle

June 21, 2007

ALBERT KWAN, 53, of Bellevue, Washington, was convicted today in U.S. District Court in Seattle of Possession of an Unregistered Short Barrel Rifle. The jury deliberated about three hours following a three day trial. Judge Thomas S. Zilly scheduled sentencing in the case for September 27, 2007.

KWAN’s home was searched in January 2005, as part of the investigation into the murder of Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Wales. KWAN is not a suspect in the murder investigation, but was held at the Federal Detention Center at Sea-Tac for a time as a material witness in the case. KWAN is a gun collector with an extensive collection of firearms. Following the FBI search, a search by ATF revealed that KWAN possessed an illegal machine gun and short barrel rifle. Today the jury found KWAN “not guilty” of the machine gun possession, but convicted him of illegally possessing the short barrel rifle. When sentenced, KWAN faces up to ten years in prison.

As a convicted felon, KWAN will be prohibited from possessing firearms and will have to surrender his collection..

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William H. Redkey, Jr.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110.

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