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Texas FBI Agent Convicted of Illegal Gun Sales and Lying to ATF

el paso map istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury in El Paso deliberated for less than three hours Wednesday before convicting FBI agent John Thomas Shipley of dealing weapons without a permit and lying to ATF agents about the sales, the El Paso Times reported.

ATF agents arrested Shipley, 40, last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico, the El Paso Times reported.

Sentencing is set for July 8.

Authorities charged that he sold 51 weapons between 2005 and 2008 for more than $118,000.

The El Paso Times reported that Shipley allegedly kept two sets of records, one accurate one and another that was given to ATF that lacked pertinent information. He has been suspended from the FBI without pay.

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Trial Begins In El Paso for FBI Agent Charged With Illegal Gun Sales and Providing ATF With False Records

gun ruger
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Trial started Monday in EL PASO for an FBI agent charged with illegally selling about 50 guns for more than $118,000 without a license, the El Paso Times reported.

FBI Agent John Thomas Shipley, 40, faces six counts of selling firearms without a license from 2005 to 2008. The paper reported that he also faces charges of providing the ATF with false sales records.

The paper reported that lawyer, Robert Perez said on opening day that Shipley’s hobby was buying and selling guns. He has been suspended without pay.

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Guns Used in Pentagon and Las Vegas Court Shootings Came From Memphis Police and Court System

gun rugerBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Simply put: This is something you don’t want to hear: The Associated Press reports that the guns used in the recent Pentagon shooting on March 4 and the Las Vegas U.S. District Courthouse  on Jan. 4 came from the Memphis police and court system.

The AP reported that both guns had originally been seized in criminal cases in the Memphis area and ended being sold by law enforcement to gun dealers before winding up in the hands of the shooters, who were legally forbidden from possessing them. One had a felony conviction and the other suffered from psychiatric problems.

The AP quoted John Timoney, who led the Philadelphia and Miami police departments and served as New York’s No. 2 police official, as saying he doesn’t believe police departments should put guns back on the market.

“I just think it’s unseemly for police departments to be selling guns that later turn up,” he told AP.

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NBA Star Arenas Pleads Guilty: Gun Case Ends in a Whimper Rather Than a Bang

Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns
Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It ended with a whimper rather than a loud bang, which is probably a good thing.

Troubled NBA Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Sentencing is set for March 6. And though he could face six to 24 months in jail, he’s likely to get probation.  Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the team he had been expected to help improve this year.

“Playing with firearms is no joke,” U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, who is a known Wizards fan, said in a statement. “Today’s guilty plea to a felony county of carrying a pistol without a license reflects the seriousness and grave risk of such conduct.”

Authorities say Arenas brought four guns to the Verizon Center in December. On Dec. 21, he placed the firearms on the chair of a teammate he’d been beefing with, along with a note — that was supposedly in jest — that said “Pick 1”.

Arenas’ attorney Kenneth Wainstein,  a  former U.S. Attorney who was Channing Phillips’ boss, issued a statement:

“Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license.  He accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct.  Mr. Arenas appreciates the professionalism of the authorities handling this matter.”

Washington Post Reports that Suspended NBA Star Gilbert Arenas in Talks With U.S. Atty Office Over Gun Scandal

nba-logo_1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Is suspended Washington Wizards hoop star Gilbert Arenas ready to roll over and cop a gun-related plea?

The Washington Post reports that that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. and Arenas’ attorneys, who include former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein, have been in plea talks, and that Arenas could be in D.C. Superior Court as early as Thursday.

The Post, attributing information to two sources, said the negotiations could collapse.

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U.S. Atty Office Presents Grand Jury Evidence in NBA Star Gilbert Arenas’ Gun Case

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s seldom a good thing when an NBA basketball star continuously grabs more headlines off the court than on.

The Washington Wizard’s star Gilbert Arenas has fallen into that category.

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Attorneys Office here on Tuesday began presenting evidence to a D.C. Superior Court grand jury on Arenas’ gun case.

Arenas had stored four guns in his locker at the Verizon Center downtown. The Post reported that carrying a handgun without a license is a felony punishable up to five years in prison.

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D.C. Gun Sting Had its Tense Moments; FBI and ATF Assisted

handgun-photoD.C. police are partially crediting this sting with the record low  homicide rate. The D.C. police worked with the FBI, which wired the store and ATF, which traced the guns.

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The three young men dressed in black walked into the Northeast auto body shop, talking fast, eager to make a deal: They had guns to sell.

Sgt. Dale Sutherland and Detective Franklyn Then sensed danger as one young man pulled out a silver handgun, unloaded the clip and laid it on the desk. Another kept his hand behind his back, and the third nervously stretched his arms above his head.

Ten officers and federal agents were on alert nearby in case of trouble. But Sutherland and Then were momentarily vulnerable. A phony storefront sting designed by D.C. police to build felony drug and weapons cases seemed on the verge of a robbery attempt. “They just kind of popped up on us,” said Then, who posed as a criminal middleman trying to ship guns to Mexico. “It didn’t feel good.”

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The Christmas Day Flight Isn’t the Only Thing to Raise Red Flags: Things Happen Daily at U.S. Airports

airport-screening
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The attempted bombing  aboard a Detroit bound plane on Christmas Day wasn’t the only incident that has raised red flags of late at U.S. airports.

In fact, everyday the Transportation Security Administration deals with people trying to get guns past checkpoints or board planes with fraudulent travel documents.

In the week of week of Dec. 14 to 21 alone, TSA said it discovered 37 firearms and 3 “artfully concealed weapons” at checkpoints; and 21 passengers were arrested following ” investigations of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents”.

Last year, there were 902 guns found at checkpoints at U.S. Airports, according to the TSA.