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Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Illegally Purchase A Firearm

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

Jacksonville, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that Jason Harris (42, Palm Coast) has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a federally licensed firearms dealer. Harris faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the court documents, Harris completed an ATF Form 4473 during the attempted purchase of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer. On the required paperwork, Harris indicated that he was not a convicted felon. Harris later admitted this was a false statement and he was previously convicted of multiple prior felonies, including robbery, shooting, or throwing a deadly missile, felony battery, and sale of cocaine. As such, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition under federal law.

This is another case uncovered through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). All NICS denials are reported to federal law enforcement and are reviewed daily for potential criminal prosecution. Federal law makes it a felony offense to make a false statement to a firearms dealer when trying to buy a gun.  

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Talbot.

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.

Updated April 10, 2024

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