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Van Buren County Man Sentenced For Selling Guns Without A License

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

           GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles announced today that David Grant Rainey, age 66, was sentenced to two years supervised release, with one year to be served in home confinement following his felony conviction for selling firearms without a license. Rainey was also fined $4,000.00. U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff, who presided over the case, also ordered the forfeiture of Rainey’s 71 firearms and some 94,000 rounds of ammunition. And now as a convicted felon, Rainey is also prohibited from possessing firearms.

           Rainey pled guilty to this charge on April 10, 2014. Selling firearms without a license is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.

           The case resulted from a joint undercover investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. On August 13, 2013, ATF agents executed a search warrant, with the assistance of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at Rainey’s farm in Bangor, Michigan, seizing 71 firearms – both handguns and long guns – along with 93,770 rounds of various types of ammunition.


Updated April 14, 2015