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Jury Convicts Reno Woman Of Straw Purchasing Firearms

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

RENO – A jury convicted a Reno woman on Thursday for making false statements in order to buy firearms for her son who is a convicted felon. As a matter of law, convicted felons are prohibited from buying and possessing firearms. The evidence at trial showed that the woman bought seven firearms for her son.

Gail Manney (48) was found guilty of illegal acquisition of firearms. U.S. District Judge Howard D. McKibben scheduled sentencing for March 1, 2023. The maximum statutory penalty for the illegal acquisition of a firearm is ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on April 21, 2021, Manney illegally purchased seven firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee in Reno for her son. At the time of purchase, Manney completed a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) form representing that she was the actual buyer of the firearms when in fact she was buying the firearms for her son who is a convicted felon,

U.S. Attorney Jason M. Frierson for the District of Nevada and Acting Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson for the ATF made the announcement.

The ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Megan Rachow and Andrew Keenan are prosecuting the case.




Updated December 2, 2022

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