Manchester Man Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement During the Acquisition of a Firearm
CONCORD, N.H. – Tyler Bourgoin, 24, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today
According to court documents and statements made in court, on March 16, 2017, Bourgoin purchased a Glock, Model 42, .380 caliber pistol from Riley’s Sport Shop, a federally licensed firearms dealer located in Hooksett, New Hampshire. When Bourgoin completed the required paperwork to make the purchase, he falsely claimed that he was the actual purchaser of the firearm. An investigation revealed that in fact, Bourgoin bought the gun for another person who had given him the money to make the purchase. The Manchester Police Department later recovered the gun in June 2017 during an unrelated drug investigation.
Bourgoin is scheduled to be sentenced on November 20, 2018.
“So-called ‘straw purchases’ of guns like the transaction in this case may endanger the public by putting firearms in the hands of criminals who use them to commit other crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “Prosecuting these cases is a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to deter illegal firearms transactions and get illegally acquired guns off the street.”
This case was investigated by the Manchester Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.
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.