Outagamie Man Sentenced to Fed Prison for Unlawful Sale of Silencers

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 12, 2021, U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach sentenced Jerry Lee Olson (age: 63) to six months’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release after Olson pled guilty to unlawfully transferring a firearm silencer, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(e). The maximum penalties for the offense are ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release.

Olson was a licensed federal firearms dealer, d/b/a Warrior Arms LLC, with a business address in Outagamie County. In addition to selling standard firearms, Olson was federally licensed to sell firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act, including firearm silencers. Before any firearm silencer is transferred, the licensed seller must obtain approval by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”). ATF’s investigation determined that Olson had unlawfully transferred at least 17 firearm silencers in Wisconsin and Minnesota by failing to obtain ATF’s approval for the transfer. The silencers were subsequently recovered by ATF. There is no evidence that the silencers were used in criminal offenses or transferred to persons who were otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. Olson surrendered his federal firearm licenses, and as a convicted felon, is now permanently prohibited from possessing firearms.

“In the wrong hands, firearms silencers can be used to lethal effect,” said United States Attorney Krueger. That is why the Justice Department vigorously enforces the laws governing their sale and holds irresponsible firearms dealers accountable. I commend the ATF for its excellent investigative work to bring this case.”

“This defendant violated the law with repeated illegal firearms transfers,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kristen de Tineo of the Chicago Field Division. “It cost him his federal firearms license and time in federal prison. I commend licensees who follow the laws governing firearms as well as the Industry Operations Investigators of the St. Paul Field Division and the Special Agents of the Milwaukee Field Office of the Chicago Field Division for their diligence in investigating this case and the U.S. Attorney’s office for prosecuting it.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Funnel.


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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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Graham
Graham (@graham)
10 months ago

Having silencers as NFA “regulated” items is beyond absurd.

In many parts of the world the use of silencers is REQUIRED by law, AND can be bought over the counter by anyone, no license, no “permission” no anything!

How nice of the unconstitutional ATF to brag about sending a decent person to jail and ruining his life over selling something that protects the hearing of OTHERS – not just the gun owner.

And I’m still waiting on ATF approval for a silencer I purchased in 2019, which sits in the dealers safe for now 18months

Bozz
Bozz (@bozz48)
10 months ago

It seems like the BATFE has evolved into just the BFE.

Bozz
Bozz (@bozz48)
10 months ago

Sentenced to prison for sell hearing protection. Seems absurd.

Stag
Stag (@eriggle83)
10 months ago

Looks like the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
10 months ago

I have not yet heard of any arrests made by the BATFE related to the incendiary devices (which are prohibited by the NFA of 1934) used by BLM/Antifa all summer long to destroy both public and private property.

Was that property not “sacred” enough?

Or, was there some other reason for lack of prosecution?

Kaiserworks
Kaiserworks (@kaiserworks)
10 months ago

Hey guys, make sure you vote harder next election! Im sure reason and logic will help reform the very very extremely rare injustices and unconstitutional regulations by working within the system. You guys know 99.9999999999% of fed cops are awesome constitution loving citizens that would never alter evidence or railroad anyone. Im wearing my thin blue line t-shirt as I type this! Just a few bad apples. C’mon guys, get out that vote…

JSNMGC
JSNMGC (@jsnmgc)
10 months ago
Reply to  Kaiserworks

Now would be a good time for LEOs to form a group and make a statement that they will not follow any and all orders. This would differentiate them from the government employees of all totalitarian governments in modern history.

Maybe the guys down at the VFW hall could give them a hand.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy (@laddyboy)
10 months ago

In the wrong hands, firearms silencers can be used to lethal effect,” said United States Attorney Krueger. That is why the Justice Department vigorously enforces the laws governing their sale and holds irresponsible firearms dealers accountable. I commend the ATF for its excellent investigative work to bring this case.”
Attorney”?” krueger,
In the wrong hands:
cars,
trucks,
pencils,
hammers,
hatchets,
kitchen knives,
CAN BE USED TO LETHAL EFFECT!!
HOW DUMB CAN YOU BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike the Limey
Mike the Limey (@mike-the-limey)
10 months ago

““In the wrong hands, firearms silencers can be used to lethal effect,” said United States Attorney Krueger. That is why the Justice Department vigorously enforces the laws governing their sale and holds irresponsible firearms dealers accountable. I commend the ATF for its excellent investigative work to bring this case.”” Pure, undilited bollocks. The only way you could use a suppressor for lethal effect is by ramming it down someone’s throat, or possibly up their ar$e in the case of Kreuger. These uninformed (or intentionally ignorant) people don’t realise how loud a shot sounds even with the use of a suppressor.… Read more »

JR
JR (@jrusmc0311)
10 months ago

“In the wrong hands, firearms silencers can be used to lethal effect,” said United States Attorney Krueger.

What a buffoon. A silencer/suppressor is nothing more than a muffler for a rifle or handgun. Do mufflers make vehicles more lethal? The answer you are searching for is “No.” At least learn something about guns before displaying your ignorance. Douchebag.

Last edited 10 months ago by JR
Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
10 months ago

ATF – Protecting the Elite & Serving the Corrupt.

KDude
KDude (@kdude)
10 months ago

The BATFE is an illegal ring of corrupt government employees who murder people and their dogs, steal citizens property at gun point, and threaten We The People into compliance of their non law, unlawful “decisions” and “opinions”. It’s really time to shut it down. This is exactly what the militia is for. Police works for the politicians that steal our money, and give BATFE ever larger budgets to murder and imprison us. They won’t ever shut operations like this down. Lawlessness has grown so rampant in our Republic. In our legislative, judicial, and executive branches. In our cities and streets.… Read more »

Ronnie
Ronnie (@obnor77)
10 months ago
Reply to  KDude

I agree !!!

HLB
HLB (@hlb482gmail-com)
10 months ago
Reply to  KDude

To argue for the Government in cases such as these is to ignore the essence of natural law and the wording of the Constitution itself. No document can provide for our rights, only the People can do that.
HLB

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable (@tvsteinke)
10 months ago

To the prosecuting attorney, I defy you to name a murder off the top of your head that involved the use of a suppressor. Also, I defy him to demonstrate the use of a suppressor that I cannot hear, despite my hearing being reduced 30% by age. Suppressor laws were tacked on to the NFA as an afterthought, based solely on movie depictions of mobsters using them for assassinations, which never in reality occurred.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
10 months ago

wait a minute now, you are asking for the impossible, even the silencers in the movies make a pew pew sound!!!!! Or did they fix that problem.

John
John (@john69)
10 months ago

Actually suppressors were added to NFA on the assumption such restriction would deter poachers from criminal activity. Of course this proved to be false, however, and of course, this over reach remains in place to this day.

How egregious that US Attorney Krueger believes, as quoted above, that suppressors “can be used to lethal effect”.

Without a firearm, which most are not NFA regulated, exactly how can a suppressor be used to lethal effect?

Ronnie
Ronnie (@obnor77)
10 months ago
Reply to  John

Silencers were on TV ! were FAKE !!! ” SUPPRESSORS “Only reduce the DECIBELS BY 28 -34 %– They were NOT DISIGNED Like in the MOVIES ! Professional Sports In the FIREARMS — Were Wanting This DEVISE Developed so They DID not Need to WEAR EARMUFFS during Competition Sports ~! It is for the Firearm owners EAR PROTECTION !

Laddyboy
Laddyboy (@laddyboy)
10 months ago

AHH! But the Federal Government can MURDER IN COLD BLOOD a woman standing in a doorway HOLDING A BABY!! Ruby Ridge, among others!!!

Bozz
Bozz (@bozz48)
10 months ago

The only murder I can think of involving the use of a suppressor was in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago. A disgruntled ex-employee entered his old work place and went on a rampage. One of his hand guns was suppressed. I don’t think it made him any extra deadly tho. So, one time in my long life that I’ve heard of a suppressor being used in a crime. But the anti’s will spin that around and say it shows how effective the NFA laws are.

linkman
linkman (@linkman)
10 months ago

“firearms silencers can be used to lethal effect”

What, by throwing them?

More of our federal government workers violating their oath to support and defend the US Constitution…

KDude
KDude (@kdude)
10 months ago
Reply to  linkman

Well, yeah! Guy could sneak a silencer right into court and bop the judge over the head with it. It’s a firearm don’t you know? And it’s sneaky like that…..