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Press Release

Dover Man Sentenced For “Straw Purchasing” Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced today that Jordan Harmon, 25, of Dover, was sentenced on April 15, 2024, to three years’ incarceration for straw purchasing firearms.  The Honorable Colm F. Connolly, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Delaware imposed sentence. 

According to court documents, in 2020, Harmon purchased a total of 19 semi-automatic pistols from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Delaware.  Federal firearm laws provide that, at the time of purchase, gun buyers must certify in writing that the firearm is being purchased for the buyer and not for someone else.  Harmon falsely certified on a federal firearm transaction form that he was purchasing the 19 firearms for himself.  In fact, Harmon was illegally purchasing the guns for others, a scheme known as “straw purchasing.”  To date, law enforcement officers have recovered seven of the semi-automatic pistols. The investigation to recover the remaining firearms is ongoing.

U.S. Attorney Weiss said, “Straw purchasing firearms for individuals who cannot legally purchase guns is a threat to public safety. I commend the Dover Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives for their hard work in investigating this case.  For anyone considering purchasing a firearm for someone who cannot legally purchase one on their own, consider the end result in Mr. Harmon’s case – federal prison.”

The case was investigated by the Dover Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edmond Falgowski.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the District of Delaware or on PACER by searching for Case No. 22-110.

Updated April 24, 2024

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