Posted: 7/23/2010 6:07:47 AM EDT
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Los Angeles Field Division
For Immediate Release
July 16, 2010
Contact: Christian Hoffman, Special Agent, PIO
Office: (818) 265-2507
Cell: (213) 216-3622
Phoenix Licensed Gun Dealer Sentenced for Trafficking Firearms to California
PHOENIX - Shawn Michael Nealon, 38, of Mesa, Ariz., a federal firearms licensee and owner of Cavalry Arms Corp., was sentenced earlier this month to three years probation, 300 hours of community service, and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty on Feb. 18 to illegal firearms sales by a federally licensed firearms dealer to an out-of-state resident.
Calvary Arms, of Gilbert, Ariz. and holding a separate federal firearms license ( FFL ), was also placed on probation and fined $10,000 resulting in a loss of license to sell, manufacture, and a prohibition from possessing firearms.
Nealon sold four firearms to an out-of-state resident, knowing that the individual, at the time of sale, resided in the state of Calif. and not in the state of Ariz. Calvary Arms also sold 36 firearms to that same individual from Calif., which included AK-47 and AR-15 type rifles, shotguns and handguns. This investigation was initiated by ATF 's Los Angeles Field Division and prosecuted in the state of Ariz.
Today's sentencing assures that neither Nealon nor his company, Calvary Arms, will be able to legally sell firearms, said John A. Torres Special Agent in Charge ( SAC ) of the Los Angeles Field Division of ATF . This is an example of solid investigative work by ATF agents targeting an individual responsible for illegally trafficking firearms into the state of California.
ATF is the federal agency responsible for licensing persons engaged in manufacturing, importing, and dealing in firearms. It is critical for FFL s to comply with the Gun Control Act and regulations in order to assist law enforcement efforts, prevent the diversion of firearms from lawful commerce to the illegal market, ensure successful tracing of firearms, and to protect the public.
ATF has a responsibility to the public to revoke FFL s in cases of willful violations of the law and regulations, intentional disregard for regulatory requirements, or knowing participation in criminal acts.
Relevant Questions Answered by SAC John A. Torres
Reference the Shawn Nealon and Cavalry Arms investigation
We need more bureacracies in this country for sure.
Oh well...play stupid games...