Buy Receivers, Assemble Rifles for Shady Characters – Go to Jail

Buy Receivers, Assemble Rifles for Shady Characters – Go to Jail

Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Gary Busby has been ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons to start a six and a half year sentence on March 8, 2018. He is 65 years old.

He was convicted of one count of dealing in firearms without a license, and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

The press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas says the firearms charge was for conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms.  The description of the crimes appears to be illegally selling firearms, not manufacturing them.

From justice.gov 8 Dec, 2017:

DALLAS — Gary Busby, 65, formerly of Flower Mound, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 78 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms that were sent to Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Busby was convicted in March 2017, following a two-week jury trial, on one count of conspiracy to manufacture firearms without a license and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. Judge Lindsay ordered Busby to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 6, 2018.

It appears that Busby was selling firearms parts at gun shows when he was approached and asked to act as a straw purchaser for Jose Maria Deleon. Deleon, it appears, had contacts with clients in Mexico. Deleon was said to have contacted Busby and arranged for Busby to purchase a receiver for him.

Then Deleon arranged for Busby to assemble receivers into functional firearms. If that is what happened, assembly is not the same as manufacture. But Busby also violated currency reporting law by purchasing dozens of postal money orders.  The action in the case happened from 2009 to 2012.

From justice.gov, 2 June, 2016:

The indictment alleges that from approximately April 2009 to February 2011, Busby lied on ATF forms related to firearms purchases by stating he was the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm, knowing that he would sell or trade those firearms to third parties.


The indictment further alleges that from approximately December 2010 to September 2012, Busby also illegally structured cash transactions to avoid having reports of his cash transactions recorded and reported to the government, so as to disguise the proceeds of illegally manufacturing firearms sent to Mexico.

Busby had been warned. In July of 2011, acting on a tip form Fort Worth Police Officers, Federal agents had searched Busby's home and inventoried all his firearms. Busby signed a letter telling him to cease and desist in engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license.

From justice.gov, March 16, 2017:

During a search of Busby’s residence in July 2011, federal agents cataloged all the firearms and ammunition at the residence. That same day, Busby signed a letter putting him on notice that he was to cease and desist in engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license and advising him that several of the firearms he had sold had been recovered during criminal activities. In spite of the notification, one of the firearms cataloged that day at Busby’s residence was later found in Mexico by authorities.

Deleon was sentenced for federal crimes involving firearms in September of 2015.  I suspect that had something to do with Busby's indictment in March of 2017, his conviction in June of 2017, and his sentencing in December of 2017.

There were supposed to be hundreds of firearms involved, but only about 50 had been confiscated in Mexico.

Most people are unaware of how long these cases drag on. Busby started on this path in 2009. He was warned in 2011. He wasn't arrested until 2017, and will not actually go to prison until 2018. So 9 years went by from the beginning of this mess. He has been living in Ruidoso, New Mexico, on a street named the same as the famous rapist and murderer, Willie Horton. It is a very nice neighborhood with houses in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

I expect he will report to prison for his 78-month sentence.

He had plenty of chances to avoid prison. It probably started with a single purchase. The lesson is, don't buy guns for shady characters.  Don't ignore warnings from the BATFE. Don't violate currency laws by purchasing dozens of $1,000 postal money orders.  Don't expect any honor among criminals. Deleon's sentence is only 60 months in prison, a full year and a half less than Busby's.

2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Stefani McGehee
Stefani McGehee
1 year ago

no I knew him well, was married to him….. no way would he waste money on a politicians…he made money and kept it to himself! He was and is just plain stupid and very greedy

COLDEADHANDS75
COLDEADHANDS75
2 years ago

Holder and the rest of the Obama administration need to be in the adjoining cells!

SPARTACUS
SPARTACUS
2 years ago

Maybe, just maybe, he thought he would get some advance notice, of when the ATF was
getting serious, when they threw Eric Holder,and the agents responsible for Gunwalker
and Fast and Furious’s asses in prison…

Mike the Limey
Mike the Limey
2 years ago

Eric Holder should be sharing the same cell, only for much longer, as Holder facilitated THOUSANDS of firearms being illegally sent to Mexico.

COLDEADHANDS75
COLDEADHANDS75
2 years ago
Reply to  Mike the Limey

Absolutely! He and the rest of the Obama administration need to be in the cells next door!!

Hunter427
Hunter427
2 years ago

This our great big inefficient government agency at work, doing the job of protecting the public. It’s amazing that the feds will warn a dumb ass criminal, hope he dies in prison

pjw
pjw
2 years ago

Two words describe Mr. Busby, foolish and stupid.

Jericho Joe
Jericho Joe
2 years ago

2009, hmmm. It’s it just a little funny? Just about the time Eric Holder was doing the same thing, all be it on a much larger scale. Hey this guy deserves what he got, hands down. If he had no idea he was being watched, he got a real good clue when his house was turned inside out and he signed a letter advising him that he was basically caught already. I can’t believe how easy he got off when his belongings were pilfered yet he was not arrested. If I would have been stupid enough to do a thing… Read more »

Glenn
Glenn
2 years ago

How many times was this guy warned ? That he wasn’t arrested during the time is pretty amazing. His continuance was totally stupid on his part. Like they say……… if you’re speeding you can’t outrun the helicopter or the radio. Looks like you can’t outrun the BATF either although it make them awhile to get around to prosecuting you.