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Beaver Falls Man Admits Lying on Firearms Purchase Forms

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, has pled guilty to a charge of making a false statement to purchase firearms, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Calvin Brady Jr, age 24, plead guilty before Judge David S. Cercone on July 29, 2021.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on December 12, 2020, the Brady Jr. purchased four Taurus, model GC3, 9mm caliber pistols from Rural King Holdings LLP, a federal firearm licensee in Monaca, PA. During the purchase, two males accompanied the defendant. Surveillance footage shows the defendant and the two males browse firearms, one of the males select three extended pistol magazines, and the defendant purchased four pistols and the extended magazines.

The following day, the New Jersey State Police arrested the two males who accompanied the defendant during the purchase of the pistols and extended magazines. The arrest occurred following a highspeed chase, during which the two males threw firearms from their vehicle. Following the arrest, New Jersey law enforcement recovered three Taurus pistols from the side of the road. A firearms trace of the recovered pistols revealed that the defendant bought the firearms the day prior from Rural King in Beaver, PA.
Prior to purchasing the pistols, the defendant certified to the federal firearm licensee that he was purchasing the firearms for himself. The investigation revealed that the defendant lied when he made this statement as he was purchasing the firearms for another, which is a violation of federal law.

On December 17, 2020, federal agents arrested the defendant while he was an occupant in a vehicle. During the arrest, law enforcement recovered a firearm in the driver’s possession. An examination of the firearm’s serial number revealed that it was the fourth pistol purchased by the defendant on December 12, 2020.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for Dec. 2, 2021. The law provides for a term of imprisonment of not more than ten years, a $250,000 fine, a term of supervised release of not more than three years and/or a special assessment of $100. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered Brady Jr to remain detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan J. McKenna is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation that lead to the prosecution of Calvin Brady Jr.

Updated July 30, 2021

Firearms Offenses