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Clovis Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Firearms Laws by Possessing Unregistered Sawed-Off Shotgun

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alan William Weber, 37, of Clovis, N.M., entered a guilty plea today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to violating the federal firearms laws by possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.


Weber was arrested on Feb. 23, 2017, on a criminal complaint charging him with firearms offenses.  According to the complaint, Weber pointed a firearm at an EMS crewmember following a call for service at Weber’s residence.  Law enforcement agents subsequently located a large gun safe in Weber’s residence that contained multiple firearms and ammunition during the execution of a search warrant incident to Weber’s arrest.  Further inquiry revealed that on Feb. 23, 2017, Weber did not have any firearms registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR).


Weber was charged in a two-count indictment on July 27, 2017, with being a person previously convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense in possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm on Jan. 30, 2017, in Curry County, N.M. 


During this morning’s change of plea hearing, Weber pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with possession of an unregistered firearm.  In entering the guilty plea, Weber admitted that on Jan. 30, 2017, he was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun that was not registered to him in the NFRTR.


At sentencing, Weber faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Clovis Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Brawley.

Updated November 17, 2017

Firearms Offenses