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(AL) Guardsman Sentenced In Gun Smuggling Case

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Drizzt, May 12, 2003.

  1. Drizzt

    Drizzt Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Moscow on the Colorado, TX
    Guardsman Sentenced In Gun Smuggling Case
    Pinson Native Only Declares 10 Of 21 Guns At Customs

    POSTED: 3:11 p.m. CDT May 9, 2003

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- An Alabama Air National Guardsman will spend one year in federal prison for smuggling 21 Turkish shotguns into the country on a military aircraft.

    Federal Judge Sharon Blackburn handed the sentence Thursday to 40-year-old Tech Sgt. Steve Owens, of Pinson. The 22-year veteran served with the 117th Air Refueling Wing.

    Prosecutors said Owens bought the weapons for $7,000 while he was on temporary assignment at a U.S. air base in Turkey in February of 2002.

    Upon his return to Birmingham, Owens declared only 10 shotguns to customs agents. Three of the guns were sold to a Birmingham businessman.

    Federal law allows military personnel to import firearms for personal use with approval from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- but not for resale.

    An Air National Guard spokesman said an administration board of officers will meet to determine whether Owens would be allowed to remain a guardsman.

    He was ordered to report to the U.S. Marshals Service on July 14.


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