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(AL) Guardsman Sentenced In Gun Smuggling Case

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  1. Drizzt

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    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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