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Jefferson Parish Man Sentenced for Possessing Unregistered Silencer

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – GEORGE PETERSON, age 60, a resident of Waggaman, Louisiana, was sentenced on January 9, 2024, by U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to 24 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release, along with a $100 mandatory special assessment fee, after previously pleading guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm silencer, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5841, 5861(d), and 5871.

According to court documents, Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant at PETERSON’s residence, which also served as the storefront location for his business, PDW Gun Solutions LLC, a federal firearms licensee. During the search, ATF agents discovered a firearm silencer inside a safe in PETERSON’s bedroom. ATF examination of the silencer revealed that ammunition had been fired through it. The silencer was not registered to PETERSON in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by federal statute.

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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Berman of the Violent Crime Unit.

Contact

Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated January 17, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Neighborhoods