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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Friday, March 23, 2018

Slidell Couple Charged with Making “Straw Purchases” and Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition in Violation of the Federal Gun Control Act

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CHRISTOPHER MAZUR, age 32, and REBECCA COMSTOCK, age 36, were charged on March 22, 2018, in a two-count indictment with violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

According to the indictment, MAZUR and COMSTOCK made false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer related to three firearms. MAZUR also unlawfully possessed ten firearms and 2,825 rounds of ammunition. If convicted, MAZUR and COMSTOCK face as to each count a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an indictment is merely a charging document and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney J. Ryan McLaren is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated March 23, 2018