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    Felon gets 8 years for buying guns at gun show

    Felon gets 8 years for buying guns at gun show

    A felon who claimed he was reporting on the “gun show loophole” was sentenced Friday to eight years in federal prison for buying three guns at an event in Virginia.

    A federal jury convicted Josiah John Weiss, 36, of Suitland, Maryland, of possession of a firearm by a felon in March, about a year after ATF agents witnessed him buying guns at a gun show.

    According to court documents, agents surveilling “The Nation’s Gun Show” in Chantilly on April 25, 2015, saw Weiss give a seller a large amount of cash for two pistols and an AR-15. They followed him as he walked to the parking lot with two pistol boxes and the rifle.

    Along with his behavior, Weiss bought pistols in Virginia but had Maryland tags on his car leading agents to suspect he had committed a crime. Under federal law, patrons can only buy handguns in the state where they live.

    Agents followed him out of the parking lot, but Weiss noticed he was being followed and started driving erratically through a residential area. Fearing Weiss would crash, agents tried to conduct a traffic stop, but Weiss turned sporadically and sped away before they could take action. Although he evaded authorities, agents looked up his license plate number and were able to identify him by name.

    They learned Weiss was prohibited from possessing firearms because of felony convictions that include aggravated identity theft and passport fraud. He was released on probation in 2011.

    Verifying the transaction, agents interviewed the seller at the gun show. Looking at a mugshot, the seller confirmed Weiss bought a Tisas 1911 pistol, Tanfoglio Witness PS 9mm pistol, and an Anderson Manufacturing AR-15.

    Later that day, agents searched Weiss’s apartment, but he wasn’t home and they did not find any firearms. ATF charged him with felony possession of a firearm on April 29, 2015, but lost his whereabouts for about six months. Then in November 2015, Weiss was arrested and agents searched a second apartment registered to a fake name, but still didn’t find the guns.

    Arguing for a harsher sentence, federal prosecutors said the government proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Weiss possessed the three guns. With six felony convictions, prosecutors said that Weiss “may not qualify as a career offender, but (he) is a person dedicated to a life of crime” and recommended 10 years in prison.

    In court, Weiss testified that he had had spoke to the private seller in the parking lot, but never touched any firearms. He said he bought three empty gun boxes for $180 and intended to photograph them for an article he was writing. In addition to working a series of minimum-wage jobs, he was an aspiring journalist and had even signed up for an online publication. However, he never published an article about his findings.

    Objecting to accusations that he attempted to flee, Weiss’s attorney asked for a five-year sentence. He said agents were in an unmarked car and never flipped on emergency lights.

    The court denied Weiss’s request for an acquittal and sided with the prosecutor.
    A felon who claimed he was reporting on the “gun show loophole” was sentenced Friday to eight years in federal prison for buying three guns at an event in Virginia.
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

    #2
    ten years is not enough to deter ass munches like this , unless it is hard labor .

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      #3
      He should get 10 years for each gun, period! Never mind plea bargains or anything else! This POS makes honest gun owners look horrible. Lock his ass up and toss the fucking key!

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        #4
        Iam all for felons getting arrested for buying guns .... But man there are a lot of holes in this story !
        There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

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          #5
          Originally posted by Southshorerob View Post
          Iam all for felons getting arrested for buying guns .... But man there are a lot of holes in this story !
          This story makes it sound like there really is a "gun show loophole", or laws are otherwise ignored by licensed dealers at gun shows.

          I imagine this story was reported elsewhere.

          Does anyone know if a licensed dealer failed to do a background search, or was this was a private transaction?

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            #6
            That's one of my points ..... Very little info - no guns ever recovered , this guy must be a hell of a driver to escape the ATF even though they never put their lights on . Did the seller get charged ? Very weak .
            There are two types of people in this world. People that think the Goverment is looking out for their best interest and people that just think !

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              #7
              Can only use the .."I was just reporting".. excuse just so many times

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              • LazyLab
                LazyLab commented
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                Look at that Automatic Machine Gun Clip!

              #8
              Maybe the story was written by the perp after all he was an aspiring journalist.

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                #9
                $ 180 for some boxes, sure you just bought some boxes for a journalism experiment , I totally believe that ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,anyone want to see this cool bridge I bought the other day

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                  #10
                  I found more information about this case from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of Virginia website.

                  It turns out that Weiss purchased two semiautomatic pistols and an AR-15 rifle, along with magazines and gun cases for each, FROM A PRIVATE SELLER at the gun show.

                  https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/convicted-felon-sentenced-8-years-buying-firearms-gun-show

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                    #11
                    Now the the thing I took from that Justice Department article was .... THE ATF WAS THERE OBSERVING ..... and ...never recovered the firearms.

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                      #12
                      Originally posted by crashguy View Post
                      Now the the thing I took from that Justice Department article was .... THE ATF WAS THERE OBSERVING ..... and ...never recovered the firearms.
                      I hope the guy was not wrongly convicted. However, my immediate concern was whether or not the sale was thru a licensed dealer or a private person.

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