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St. Louis County Man Charged with Illegally Dealing Firearms

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

MINNEAPOLIS – An Aurora man has been charged with two counts of dealing firearms without a license, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, from at least May 2019 through September 2022, Wayne Robert Danielson, 59, engaged in a regular pattern and practice of purchasing and reselling firearms predominantly to earn a profit. During this period, Danielson purchased dozens of firearms from three different Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) within Minnesota, including multiple purchases of identical firearms. For example, Danielson purchased five Taurus G2C 9mm pistols between March 2021 and January 2022.

On May 8, 2022, a 17-year-old was shot and killed in South St. Paul. A subsequent investigation revealed that the handgun used in the shooting had been purchased by Danielson on December 1, 2021.

Danielson is charged with two counts of dealing in firearms without a license. He previously made his initial appearance on a related complaint in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Dakota County Drug Task Force, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the South St. Paul Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah E. Hudleston is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated January 12, 2023

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