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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bossier City Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing an Unregistered Firearm


SHREVEPORT, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announcedtoday that aBossier City man pleaded guilty to possessing an unregistered firearm.

Daniel L. Dawson, 25, of Bossier City, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possessing an unregistered firearm. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Bossier City Police responded to reports of gun fire on March 25, 2014. Dawson was found in possession of an H. Koon, model Snake Charmer, .410 gauge shotgun that had its shoulder stock cut down to a pistol grip. This made the shotgun less than 26 inches in length. The weapon was also found to not have been registered to Dawson through the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Dawson faces up to 10 years in prison, one year of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and forfeiture of the firearm and ammunition. A sentencing date of January 15, 2015 was set.

The ATF and Bossier City Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce the possession of unlawful firearms and the use of firearms to commit crimes.

Updated January 29, 2015