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Pittsburgh Man Admits Lying on a Federal Firearms Purchase Form

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has pled guilty on a charge of making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

Jaylin Banks, age 34, of the City’s Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood, pleaded guilty before Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that between August 2020 and August 2021, Banks purchased four firearms. On Nov. 22, 2021, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police recovered two of those firearms at the scene of a shooting. Due to the brief period of time between the purchase of one of those firearms and its use in crime, in addition to the recovery of multiple firearms in the possession of others, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) opened a straw purchase investigation into Banks. As part of the investigation, the ATF flagged Banks’ identifiers so that in the event he attempted to purchase another firearm, the federal firearm licensee would notify the ATF.

On Nov. 23, 2021, a federal firearm licensee notified the ATF that Banks was attempting to purchase a firearm at its store in Monroeville, PA. Agents with the ATF and a Pittsburgh Police detective traveled to the federal firearm licensee in order to interview Banks. During the interview, Banks admitted to buying a firearm for another person. Banks recalled that the individual drove Banks to Dunham’s Sports in Monroeville, PA, provided Banks cash, and identified for Banks the specific handgun that he wanted. Banks admitted to falsely stating at the time of the purchase that Banks was the actual purchaser of the firearm.

Judge Wiegand scheduled sentencing for Feb. 16, 2023. 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 continued Banks on bond.

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

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Jaylin Banks.

Updated October 17, 2022

Firearms Offenses