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Sacramento Man Sentenced to over 4 Years in Prison for Dealing Firearms Without a License

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kenneth Bryant, 29, of Sacramento, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. to four years and nine months in prison for dealing firearms without a license, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Bryant met with an undercover agent and a confidential source on 10 occasions between Sept. 12, 2017, and Dec. 8, 2017, and sold them a variety of firearms, including an AR-15-type rifle and pistol and various semi-automatic handguns. In all, Bryant sold investigators 30 firearms, and at least two lacked a serial number or other identifying markings. Bryant, a convicted felon, was not licensed to sell firearms.

This case was the product of an investigation by the by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with special assistance from the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office’s Gangs, Hate Crimes, and Narcotics unit. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Artuz prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see

Updated May 11, 2020

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Press Release Number: 2:18-cr-045-MCE