Lee’s Summit Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Purchasing, Possessing 15 Firearms

Police Officers Have Responded to Shootings, Disturbances at his Residence.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – -(AmmoLand.com)- A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man who illegally purchased 15 firearms pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms and to making a false statement on a federal form in order to purchase those firearms.

Jay C. Miller, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of, and addicted to, heroin and other controlled substances. Miller also pleaded guilty to one count of making a false written statement on a federal form, falsely claiming that he was not an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance, in order to purchase a firearm from an Independence, Missouri, pawnshop.

By pleading guilty today, Miller admitted that he illegally purchased, or attempted to purchase, more than 15 firearms from five licensed firearms dealers from Sept. 29, 2016, to March 19, 2018.

On Oct. 15, 2016, Independence police officers were dispatched to a reported disturbance at the Independence Mall. Officers contacted Miller in the parking lot; he had a Canik TP9SA in a holster on his hip. Miller was arrested for disorderly conduct and the firearm was seized. During an inventory of Miller’s vehicle, officers found a Glock 19 in the center console, sitting next to a loaded syringe. Three fully loaded 15-round Glock 9mm magazines were found in the glove compartment.

On Aug. 31, 2017, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, police officers responded to a shots fired call at Miller’s residence. During a search, officers found an M&P15 rifle with a 30-round magazine with 25 rounds, .223 caliber casings, a 15-round Glock magazine loaded with 15 rounds, one orange needle cap, a spoon with brown residue that field-tested positive for heroin, and a used syringe containing .55 grams of red dark liquid. A detective attempted to interview Miller, but was unable to do so because he was under the influence of a controlled substance.

On Sept. 19, 2017, Lee’s Summit police officers executed a search warrant at Miller’s residence and found 11 syringes with residue and a small plastic bag with residue. Miller admitted to being a heroin user, starting in 2013. As of June 2017, he was using heroin every day or multiple times a day. Miller further admitted to selling heroin to his friends 10 to 15 times.

Miller admitted to shooting the M&P15 at another individual on Aug. 31, 2017. He also claimed to have had 10 firearms stolen from him.

On May 16, 2018, Lee’s Summit police officers responded to a shooting at Miller’s residence. Miller got into an argument with another individual and a physical altercation ensued. During this altercation, the other individual was shot in the chest. Officers searched Miller’s residence and found a Glock 27 pistol and a Russian American Armory Saiga 7.62 x 39mm rifle underneath the back porch.

Under federal statutes, Miller is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert M. Smith. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Lee’s Summit, Mo., Police Department, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, and the Independence, Mo., Police Department.

Project Safe Neighborhoods

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Missouri. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program that identifies the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develops comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, Project Safe Neighborhoods focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at www.atf.gov.

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“ATF Protecting the Public Serving Our Nation” — Bull-F’ing-sh*t! Ask Randy Weaver, the survivors of Waco, the surviving family members of the Border Patrol murdered with BATF provide weapons (Fast & Furious), and the tens of thousands of citizens whose lives have been ruined by this rogue Federal agency staffed with incompetents and people who couldn’t meet the standards for a grade school crossing guard, much less a law enforcement officer. Anyone who believes anything coming from the BATF is either a fool, and liberal or an idiot, but I repeat myself.


Well I wouldn’t go quite as far to say “anything”. They might say a few things that are correct.


The “ATF(E)” was created ILLEGALLY by the “IRS” BUREAUCRATS. The “AFT(E)” EMPLOYEES are “appointed” BUREAUCRATS who do not have to answer to WE THE PEOPLE. They are not even controlled by the EXECUTIVE, CONGRESS nor the JUDICIAL Branches of OUR GOVERNMENT!

Wild Bill

@Laddy, Here is the scoop on BATFE: Who or What is the BATF? by Dan Meador. B.A.T.F. from I.R.S. On June 6, 1972 Acting Secretary of the Treasury, Charles E. Walker signed Treasury Order Number 120-01 which establishes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. He did this with the stroke of his PEN citing, “by virtue of the authority vested in me as Secretary of the Treasury, including the authority in Reorganization Plan No. 26 of 1950.” He ordered the, “transfer, as specified herein, the functions, powers and duties of the Internal Revenue Service arising under laws relating to… Read more »


ATF is responsible to congress, our elected representatives. And to the courts should they screw up.

Wild Bill

Who was it, here, that coined the phrase: Big


ATF did not shoot the Weavers. US Marshals and FBI did. Except for the initial gun battle at Waco it was the FBI that did the killing.

jack mac

There is more than one issue involved in this article. The overall issue is that a free US citizen has been convicted for the mere possession of firearms. Other charges of false answers on a form that should not exist. Our nation has a legal designated underclass of free citizens classified as prohibited persons. This has provided the pretense for the form and background checks. The public servants in our government require that we must swear in writing that we are not members of the prohibited underclass of free citizens. We further must be subjected to background checks to verified… Read more »


You don’t mind heroin users shooting at other people with an AR?


What the hey, this man’s string of crimes has been running for over 3 years and he’s still on the loose?


Proof positive that when laws enacted are not enforced we citizens are left at risk. Arrest, conviction and prison sentences will curb this activity. Letting them off with light sentences result in this.


In what way are you at risk from any of the alleged “crimes” that this guy committed? Yes, he shot someone, but apparently since he wasn’t charged and caged, it might have been self defense. Do you think? The facts are not clear to that incident.


@CL – Good catch that. Hadn’t bothered to read carefully enough to notice that they didn’t mention charging him for the shooting. If this incident was self-defense, it plays right to your point that prohibiting EX-felons is wrong. What if he had been killed because he had been disarmed? Is it OK for him to die just because he had completed punishment for previous behavior? I do see the point of prohibiting “habitual users” and addicts as either calls their judgement into question – and I do not anyone deeply “under-the-influence” handling their firearms anywhere close enough to shoot me.… Read more »


He wasn’t an ex-felon, he was an active felon. Possession and sales of heroin is a felony.


I read the article and maybe I’m missing something. What REAL crime was committed at all? Where was the one I missed where it said he actually HARMED someone? Where is the Corpus delicti? The VICTIM? Apparently the guy is a lousy SLAVE but you guys get right in line with being one. It said he shot someone during an altercation? Apparently he wasn’t charged with a crime then because wouldn’t it have said so? Maybe he was defending himself?


“No harm no foul” is the fundamental tenant of common law. Under common law, I can drive 90 mph through a school zone and all is good unless I hit some kid. Do you really wanna’ go back to that?


A very well written article and it states that the perp, Jay C. Miller, admitted lying when he filled out F4473 to purchase firearms. Do to his previous criminal acts including drug use by law he is prohibited from buying or possessing firearms. The fact is he lied in filling out the F4473 which is a violation of the federal firearms laws. If one reads a F4473, is states right on the form that any false statements made are punishable by law . Have to go after the real perps using guns illegally instead of making laws that only affect… Read more »


How about federal laws that are illegal being used to disqualify people of their rights? Yes, that would be drug laws at the federal level which have zero constitutionality. (Hint: prohibition was accomplished via a Constitutional amendment)




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Yea, I think people who LIE on FORMS should be caged for the rest of their lives. NOT! Seems to me the 4473 form is a FORM of REGISTRATION of firearms. So be sure to fill all of them out correctly my slave friend.


it also is a method of demanding I tstify against myself. He should haev got a good lawyer and had him gotten off on this fact.


Nancy Pelosi lied (perjured herself) on a federal form when she solemnly swore that Barry Soetoro Barack kinyun Obama was qualified under the laws of the US to serve as President. He was NOT a natural born citizen and SHE KNEW IT Nor were his papers extablishing United States citizenship after having that status renounced to enable him to attend that moslem school in Indonesia or wherever it was. nd this she also knew. WHY is not she in jail, and how can she old public office being a felon? Seems the laws are only for certain select folk to… Read more »


Oh, good God. Give it a rest, Obama was born in Hawaii. Birthers, Truthers and Hoaxers are seriously mentally challenged.


I hope not too…but I do wonder.


It seems that some can read an article to see it as informative and some see it as “stupid” with nothing to offer.


On occasion the existing laws, when enforced, work. This type of action should be shoved in the face of the UBC supporters as evidence that what we have now, when enforced and prosecuted, keeps the crooks from getting guns and maybe potential law breakers pause.


I’m not a fan of people filling their bodies full of drugs that make them act abnormal. But I’m also not a fan of the psychopathic government control freaks telling me what I can drink, eat or ingest either. What did the guy do that was a REAL crime? You know, one where there was a VICTIM? In years past a FELONY was a HEINOUS crime. That is what the Founding Fathers defined one to be. Not someone who is high on drugs.

Since he wasn’t charged, apparently for shooting the guy, maybe it was self defense?


He shot at another.


Hmmmm one more piece from the thieves and slavemasters at BATF, purporting to demonstrate how they are “keeping us safe” by enforcing their unconstitutinal laws. What they MEED to do and will not is to reveal ALL the cards in their hand relating to Fast and Furious, which would include the persecution of the Reece family of New Mexico for refusing to complete some sales to VERY suspicious characters after the NM Field Agents told them to complete those sales anyway. Their false accusations cost a family their business, livelihood, home, and all their possessions. Crooked judges and prosecutors, false… Read more »


#Infringement #AllArmsLawsAreUnconstitutional


I see that nobody is committing on the druggie just firing rounds off or the fact he said he had 10 guns stolen from his home.
We don’t need people getting shot because some druggie does not care where the rounds land or him probably selling his guns to support his drug addiction.
It’s bad enough that we take the blame for criminals use of firearms.
It’s the Democrats who changed the laws that now go easy on drug users and drunks.


@Link As your POTUS in 2024, I will build a massive prison system in the US and throw habitual illegal drug users in that prison. (“Habitual” means you failed a second drug test).

I will end the war on drugs by curtailing/eliminating demand, versus the time-proven failure of cutting supply.

It’s called “tough love”…ever heard of it?? I will administer it. I love your drug-addicted family members enough to throw their azz in prison.

Just imagine a USA without drug addicts on the streets. Vote for me!


Stupid Mo. man and STUPID Ammoland article.


He has nothing on stupid Florida man.


Why wasn’t his a$$ in jail in 2016 ? Anyone who is a convicted drug addict is prohibited from owning or buying a gun. This is where the laws have failed, when a convicted felon (drug addict) is convicted in court that person should be listed as such so when he try’s to buy a firearm from a FFL licensed gun dealer he should be arrested and charged with a felony. I assisting officer in a felony search warrant and arrest warrant on a convicted felon, found a loaded 45 ACP pistol withe SR# filed off under his mattress. The… Read more »


Aren’t convicted felons usually in a cage? Before 1968 they could be arrested while carrying a gun after a bank robbery, tried, convicted and then at release given back their gun. Did you know that? They are supposed to be EX felons after they are released because they supposedly have been rehabilitated. And if they HAVE been rehabilitated what givers anyone the right to keep them disarmed and keep them from being able to protect themselves. Say said EX felon gets married and has a nice family. What you are saying is that he can’t have a weapon to protect… Read more »

Wild Bill

@CL, Yes, the GCA has turned a conviction into a life sentence.


The problem is, CL, most people don’t know what the word “rehabilitated” actually means. It means to, return or restore something, in this case a human being, to its former condition. The trouble is most of these people were never in the condition we would like them to have been in in the first place. It is therefore impossible to restore to that place. He will most likely receive a sentence of 10 years of which he will have to do at least 85%. I don’t have a problem with that given the circumstances. As far as your neighbor goes,… Read more »