Is there anything anyone can do to help out a gun
shop in trouble? two men were wrongfully targeted by
the BATF, tried, and found guilty by a federal jury
of being willing parties in a "strawpurchase"
scam. This absolutely did not happen the way it has
been made to appear. The BATF framed these men, and
tricked the jury into believing their story...
MEN ARE INNOCENT!!
This happened to a father and son with a family
FFL business in Warren, Michigan, Carney's Hunting
and Shooters Supply. I am an insider who has spent
A LOT of time at this gun shop. I know the way that
they run their business. I've seen them turn away
parties attempting to illegally aquire guns, I know
for a fact they did not, nor would they ever do this.
I can't stand to read the following story.....it is
totally untrue I hope someone can help!!
shop owners convicted of selling firearms to felons
By:Norb Franz, Macomb Daily Staff Writer March 08, 2003
Warren man and his son who own a hunting supply business
have been convicted of illegally selling pistols and high-powered
rifles to felons who sold the weapons on the streets. A
federal jury Thursday convicted federally licensed firearms
dealers Patrick Joseph Carney, 68, and Sean Patrick Carney,
35, on charges of aiding and abetting false statements and
selling firearms without recording information about the
States Attorney Jeffrey Collins said the guns illegally
sold from Carney's Hunting and Shooter's Supply included
Intratec 9 mm handguns and AK-47 rifles, between February
2000 and June 2000.
case demonstrates that firearms dealers will be held criminally
responsible when they recklessly sell firearms where all
of the surrounding circumstances indicate that the gun is
not for the person on the forms, but rather for a different
individual who was not subject to a background check,"
each of the purchases of 28 weapons, a "straw purchaser"
completed paperwork and background checks with Detroit police,
while unidentified convicted felons would select the guns,
negotiate the price, pay for the weapon and leave Carney's
should have known" better, said Assistant U.S.
Attorney Michael Bullotta, who prosecuted the case.
Carney was convicted on four counts of aiding and abetting
false statements, and four counts of selling a firearm without
buyer information, federal prosecutors said. The jury convicted
Sean Carney on three counts of each offense, officials said.
Each count is
punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000
scheduled for June 5 by U.S. District Judge Marianne O.
weapons schemes is difficult, Bullotta said.
the case at hand, eight women were paid approximately $50
by the gun buyers to serve as the straw purchasers. Detroit
police became suspicious when the women failed to register
guns after obtaining permits to buy the firearms. The U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives subsequently
conducted the investigation.
females previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting
a gun dealer in making a false statement in gun records,
Bullotta said. Each was sentenced to two years probation
and 40 hours of community service.
The initial trial for the Carneys resulted in a hung jury
last year. As a result of their felony convictions this
week, the Carneys were forced to get rid of their stock
of more than 200 firearms in their store, located on Van
Dyke near Eight Mile Road.
©The Macomb Daily 2003
Macomb Daily Article