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Thursday, May 26, 2022

St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty in Illegal Gun Buying Conspiracy

One of the firearms was used in the Seventh Street Truck Park Bar Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty for his role in a firearms straw purchasing conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, between May 11, 2021, and October 17, 2021, Gabriel Lee Young-Duncan, 27, participated in a conspiracy to illegally purchase multiple firearms, one of which was used in the Seventh Street Truck Park Bar shooting on October 10, 2021. Young-Duncan and his co-conspirator agreed to work together to illegally acquire firearms by making false statements to Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) throughout the Twin Cities. Specifically, the co-conspirator would purchase the firearms, stating on the ATF Form 4473 that the co-conspirator was the actual buyer, and then transfer the firearms to Young-Duncan, who would keep the firearms, or further transfer them to third parties.

According to court documents, Young-Duncan and his co-conspirator worked together to illegally obtain at least 25 firearms, including four Glock 9mm semiautomatic pistols and two Mossberg 9mm semiautomatic pistols.

Young-Duncan pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to make false a statement in the purchase of a firearm, before U.S. District Court Judge Kate M. Menendez. No sentencing date has been set.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the St. Paul Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez is prosecuting the case.

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Firearms Offenses
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Updated May 26, 2022