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ATF impersonator faces firearms charges

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2020 | Federal Crimes

In Mississippi and other states, an individual who has a felony conviction typically loses the right to own or possess a firearm. In fact, federal law imposes severe penalties for a conviction for someone with a felony record who is in possession of a firearm. This can result in a long prison term, especially if the original felony charge was for a violent or weapons-related offense. Federal firearms offenses often require a vigorous defense strategy.

One man in another state is now facing such charges after anonymous informants reported him to law enforcement. Because the man has a felony conviction for sex crimes, he is not permitted to own firearms. Nevertheless, witnesses say they often saw him carrying a gun on his hip, wearing clothing that resembled a police uniform and displaying a badge that identified him as a supervisor with the ATF. Some witnesses also attested that he impersonated police and detained citizens.

Questioning the evidence

ATF agents arrested the man at his home and subsequently conducted a search. Their reports claim they found ammunition hidden in the rafters of the house. They also allege the gun he carried was stolen. Media reports say the man confessed to the charges.

Because the man apparently has more than one felony conviction, his prosecution will likely be severe. He faces up to 10 years in prison if a court convicts him. With so much at stake, those in Mississippi who are charged with firearms offenseswould be wise to seek quality legal counsel who will conduct a thorough examination of the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the arrest.