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Straw Purchaser Indicted

A federal jury indicted a Cleveland woman last week for straw purchasing a rifle that later turned up at a crime scene, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Marshyia S. Ligon, 20, faces one count of making false statements in the acquisition of a firearm. According to court documents, Ligon allegedly bought a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle from Sherwin Shooting Sports in Eastlake, Ohio, in October.

Law enforcement recovered the same rifle a week later at Willoughby Eastlake Schools Credit Union during an investigation into an attempted robbery.

Two masked men dropped two rifles — including the one with the same serial number as Ligon’s — at the entrance of the bank after spotting a uniformed police officer standing guard, according to a report from the Patch.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in March the Department of Justice would renew focus on prosecuting cases involving buyers who lie on federal background check forms. While the department has caught dozens of such transactions in the last four months, including this man in Tennessee and eight people in Rhode Island.

source: guns.com

12 Comments

  • Ronald H Levine

    There are inconstancies in the article. It’s a woman in Ohio, yet “… this man in Tennessee” contradicts that. The last sentence is incomplete. What happens after “while”?

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    • Rick Vitti

      Writers don’t care anymore and apparently theor bosses don’t giv a hot either. This happens all the time lately and seems like….”just get something out there and get back to your on line porno, Facebook or Candy Crush”… which are much more important to people now adays than quality, factual, well written articles

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    • Susan K.

      They also do not state what her “false statements” were, or even what they pertained to. If I buy a gun and an adult acquaintance takes it without my knowledge and commits a crime with it, there is no culpability on my part. Adults, and even most juvenile, are responsible for their own actions ( or *should* be).

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  • Timothy Toroian

    Maybe she broke even more laws by giving to it someone in non-contiguous state. And hauling it across state lines by either would be additional charges. Both of them are screwed all around. He’s probably a felon in possession. And she’s stupid. I hope the sex was good enough to go to prison for.

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    • Dr. Mike Reeder

      You know the Constitution does NOT say anything about about any of this. It does, however say, Shall not be infringed.” All of these “laws” are unconstitutional and should be abolished.

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  • Robert Morris

    Anyone who purchases a gun whether rifle or pistol for someone else is breaking the law and knows better or should not be purchasing a gun in the first place. Ignorance of the law is not a defense in a court of law.I’m a gun owner and would never do what she did when she obviously lied when completing the federal purchase form. Enough said.

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    • Dr. Mike Reeder

      Bullshit! What I buy for my family is none of anybody’s business. What part of “Shall not be infringed” don’t you get? The courts are screwed up and background checks are ignorant!

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      • Robert Morris

        I’m not referring to purchasing a gun for a member of my family. My position as a life long NRA member refers to buying a weapon for someone who is not legally allowed to own a weapon. I’m not to keen on background checks after Cabela’s turned my 88 year old brother down to buy a pistol. My brother was turned down because he had a rural route address and not a physical address. Never mind that he served four years in the Marine Corps and three of those years in Korea from 1950 thru 1953 .

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  • Rick Vitti

    Throw her into the clink and take the money from her personal worth to pay for her incarceration. Why are we all paying to keep these scumbags in jail while our veterans go homeless?

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  • John H Hlavaty

    It is a shame, in the first place that gun grabbers have passed such a stupid law. What used to be a common practice of buying a shotgun or rifle for your child or grandchild at Christmas or birthday, now will land you in prison!!! It is a fucked up law by fucked in the head people. By law you can not even buy your spouse a handgun for self protection without going to prison. BULLSHIT

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  • Casey Miller

    There must be more to this story than a person just buying a gun for someone else. This person was probably the subject of an investigation. True, we all have a right, in accordance with law to purchase firearms. But purchasing firearms for someone who is legally restricted from purchasing them because of felonies, or whatever is a “strawman” purchase and the person that does it deserves that the weight of the law come down on them. In other words, they are an “arms dealer” at this point. They are providing weaponry to those that are restricted by U.S Law from legally owning “weaponry” . Buying a gun for a family member as a gift is completely legal. Even buying a firearm from someone that posts it for sale in a venue like a gun show or a sales paper is a private transfer. She would have done herself a favor and bought it in her name and then given it to whoever she gave it to. And had documentation for it. IF you sell one of your guns, GET DOCUMENTATION!. A signed receipt, something.

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  • Casey Miller

    A jury found a federally licensed gun dealer guilty last week of selling guns and ammunition to a convicted felon on Florida’s gulf coast.

    Jay Loren Goldberg, 51, faces up to a decade in prison after transferring three firearms — including a pistol and two shotguns — and multiple boxes of ammo to a confidential informant at his St. Petersburg store, Fast and Easy Pawn Shop, between February and April 2017.

    Court documents show the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives first learned of Goldberg’s reputation for selling to prohibited individuals in January 2017. A confidential informant entered the pawn shop Feb. 23, 2017 and discussed his prior felony convictions with Goldberg, according to investigators. A week later, the informant returned to the store and picked out a handgun and a holster with a straw purchaser in tow. When the informant attempted to pay, Goldberg insisted the straw purchaser hand over the cash instead.

    The informant returned to the pawn shop on March 8, after the three day mandatory waiting period, to retrieve the gun and holster. He bought a box of ammunition, too, court records show. The informant later purchased two shotguns and a second box of ammunition over the next seven weeks, investigators said.

    Court records show a federal jury found Goldberg guilty of selling the handgun and second box of ammo to the informant. He was found not guilty for the shotgun transfers.

    The Department of Justice said the case falls under the purview of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal program to reduce gun-related crime across the nation. In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions touted the program as one of the county’s approaches to reducing violent crime.

    Through Project Safe Neighborhoods, DOJ prosecutions for those charged with violating federal firearm laws reached a decade high in 2017, according to Session. Violent crime prosecutions are likewise at the highest rate in more than 25 years — and the department “is just getting started.”

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