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Harrisburg Man Indicted On Charges Of The Unlicensed Dealing In Firearms

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

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Johvaughan Young, age 23, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on firearms charges. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Young purchased 13 handguns between June 30, 2020 and September 14, 2021, in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties, claiming that the guns were for himself when in fact they were not. The indictment also alleges that Young was engaged in the unlicensed business of dealing in firearms.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Harrisburg Bureau of Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime M. Keating is prosecuting 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 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 made possible by investigative leads generated from the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN). NIBIN is the only national network that allows for the capture and comparison of ballistic evidence to aid in solving and preventing violent crimes involving firearms. NIBIN is a proven investigative and intelligence tool that can link firearms from multiple crime scenes, allowing law enforcement to quickly disrupt shooting cycles. For more information on NIBIN, visit

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 10 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations.  All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated August 11, 2022

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