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CONCORD, N.H. – Kenneth Kirkpatrick, 33, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, law enforcement officers obtained information that Kirkpatrick was selling firearms. On July 26, 2018, Kirkpatrick sold a firearm, ammunition, and firearm accessories to an individual who was cooperating with the ATF. As a convicted felon, Kirkpatrick could not lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition.
Kirkpatrick’s sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
“In order to keep violent crime under control, we must keep firearms out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Prohibiting convicted felons from owning guns advances this goal. Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who unlawfully possess firearms.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anna Krasinski.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.