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Owner of Beverly’s Gun Archery and Pawn Shop Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

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

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – The owner of a local gun archery and pawn shop, who failed to maintain proper records, will have to give up his federal firearms license after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.


Bruce Alva Beverly, 64, of Coeburn Virginia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of failing to maintain proper records as a federal firearms licensed dealer, a misdemeanor. During the same hearing, Beverly was also sentenced yesterday. The defendant will serve a period of probation of one year, pay a fine of $5,500, be required to relinquish his federal firearms license, and agree to never again become a federal firearms licensee and never work in a business that has a federal firearms license.


Beverly, through his work with Beverly’s Gun Archery & Pawn Shop in Coeburn failed to maintain records concerning the acquisition and/or sale of multiple firearms.


This case was investigated by the Bristol Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

Updated December 15, 2017