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Tangipahoa Man Sentenced for Dealing Firearms Without a License

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – RICHARD LUDWIG II, age 74, a resident of Independence, La. was sentenced on January 9, 2024, by U.S. District Judge Greg G. Guidry, after previously pleading guilty to three counts of dealing a firearm without a license, to 36 months of probation, 12 months of home incarceration, a $5000 fine, and a mandatory $300 special assessment fee.

Counts One through Three charged LUDWIG with dealing in firearms without a license, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(a)(1)(A) and 924(a)(1)(D).

According to court  records, in December 2020, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Agents began  investigating LUDWIG for selling firearms without a license. LUDWIG operated Tickfaw Guns, in Independence, La. and maintained a website  advertising himself as a duly licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (F.F.L.). In reality, LUDWIG failed to renew his federal license to sell firearms. ATF agents also received information that LUDWIG sold guns to persons prohibited from possessing such, and that some of these guns had been  recovered from various crime scenes.

During their investigation, ATF agents witnessed LUDWIG selling firearms at a gun show in Mississippi on August 21, 2021. LUDWIG admitted to the agents that he had 400 guns to sell. Subsequently, in October 2021, undercover ATF agents purchased firearms and ammunition from LUDWIG twice.

On December 01, 2021, ATF executed a search warrant for LUDWIG’s gun shop and seized 237 firearms, consisting of handguns, long guns, and shotguns, $21,476, cellular telephones, computers, and assorted financial documents. Agents also seized financial documents from LUDWIG’s bank account. The $21,476 represented LUDWIG’s profit from unlicensed firearms sales.  LUDWIG used the seized computers and financial documents, to maintain his illegal gun selling operation.

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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Trummel of the Violent Crime Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated January 16, 2024

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