ETX woman guilty of selling firearms without license

Published: Feb. 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM CST
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Released by US Attorney, Eastern District:

TYLER, Texas - A 53-year-old Emory, Texas woman pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales.

Margaret Lanette Gunter pleaded guilty on Feb. 21, 2012, to engaging in the business of selling firearms without a federal firearms license before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 31, 2011, Gunter was arrested in Emory, Texas. More than one hundred weapons, as well as a large amount of ammunition, were recovered. Gunter admitted to assisting a co-defendant who was selling firearms at public markets in Quinlan, Texas and at the First Monday Trade Fair in Canton, Texas.

Gunter faces up to 5 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is aimed at reducing gun and gang violence, deterring illegal possession of guns, ammunition and body armor, and improving the safety of residents in the Eastern District of Texas. Participants in the initiative include community members and organizations as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

This case was investigated by the ATF, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Emory Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.