Lafayette Firearms Store & Owner Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges

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LAFAYETTE, La. – -(AmmoLand.com)- Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two individuals from Broussard, Louisiana, and a firearms business in Lafayette, Louisiana, have each been indicted for conspiring to deal firearms without a license, making false statements in records required to be kept by a licensed firearms dealer, and failing to file sales reports in connection with their firearms business located in Lafayette.

Jeremiah Micah Deare, 37, Sarah Elaine Fogle, 30, and Dave’s Gunshop, LLC, a business owned by Deare, have been charged in an indictment with one count of conspiracy to engage in the business of dealing in firearms without a license, two counts of making false statements with respect to records of a licensed firearms dealer, and four counts of failure to file multiple sales reports.

The indictment also seeks forfeiture of 619 firearms which were involved in the commission of these offenses.

Deare was the owner of Dave’s Gunshop, LLC (Dave’s) and the responsible party for Dave’s Federal Firearms License. Deare and Fogle did not hold a Federal Firearms License in their individual capacities. The indictment alleges that on or about August 13, 2019, a compliance inspection was conducted at Dave’s by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Dave’s, through Deare, was warned for numerous violations, including failing to complete an ATF-4473 (1 time), failing to accurately keep acquisition and disposition records for dispositions (67 times), failing to accurately keep acquisition and disposition records for acquisitions (62 times), transferring firearms without having a final response from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (2 times), inaccurate completion of ATF-4473 forms (111 times), and for missing firearms. The indictment alleges that, on that same day, the ATF investigator provided an Acknowledgement of Federal Firearms Regulations to inform Dave’s and Deare of their responsibilities as a Federal Firearms License holder. The acknowledgment was signed by Deare acknowledging that he understood he was responsible for familiarizing himself with the laws and regulations governing the operation of Dave’s.

The indictment further alleges that on September 19, 2019, Deare and Fogle attended an in-person warning conference at the ATF office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wherein the violations were discussed. Deare was provided the opportunity to comment on the violations and articulate the corrective actions that would be taken to ensure that future violations would not occur.

The indictment also alleges that Deare and Fogle willfully engaged in the business of dealing in firearms without a license by buying and selling firearms without complying with the recordkeeping and background check requirements required by federal law. Deare and Fogle acquired large quantities of firearms and ammunition from estate sales and other means but would not document the firearms in Dave’s Acquisition & Disposition Book as required by federal law. In addition, firearms brought to Dave’s to be sold on consignment were not logged into Dave’s Acquisition & Disposition Book and were not placed for sale at Dave’s.

It is also alleged that Deare and Fogle kept firearms at their residence without logging them out of Dave’s store inventory and would travel with the firearms to gun shows conducted at various locations in Louisiana and in other states. Deare and Fogle sold firearms at gun shows to non-Louisiana residents for which no ATF-4473 or background checks were ever completed. Their failure to conduct background checks resulted in the sales of firearms to prohibited persons, including convicted felons. Additionally, the sales of firearms at gun shows outside the State of Louisiana were not done through a dealer licensed in the state where the gun show was conducted as required by law. The proceeds from the out-of-state gun sales of firearms were not included as revenue for Dave’s, but instead, Deare and Fogle used it for their own personal gain.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The ATF is conducting the investigation and Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Ayo is prosecuting the case.

New Orleans Field Division


Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

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

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( ATF )

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BaerArms
BaerArms
1 month ago

how did they sell guns without a FFL if, at least in the article, the ATF never revoked the FFL license in the first place. This would mean the ATF pulled it to raid them which is a setup to convict, possibly, innocent citizens. surprised there wasnt any dogs shot but then again the ATF as a whole is unconstitutional

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
1 month ago

He bought estate sale firearms and did not add them to inventory? He doesnt have to.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
1 month ago

The correct answer, do away with the FFL licensing system and abolish BATFE

2gats
2gats
1 month ago

F**k the atf, their extended families and the horses they ride in on.

ammoland should STOP TAKING THEIR PROPAGANDA. BULLSHIT!

atfyou should be abolished as unconstitutional and every employees should be marked as a traitor to the constitution and shunned.

come on man!!

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

Thank you for the public service.

Of particular interest are the BATFE press releases in which they describe the arrest of a civilian for a technical violation of a law that shouldn’t exist and they give credit to local law enforcement for their assistance.

We (civilians) like to know how state, county, and city/town law enforcement assists the BATFE on these matters.

Nightowl490
Nightowl490
1 month ago

Follow the procedures you agreed to in the beginning and conduct legitimate business and you will have no problem being successful. Just like a multitude of FFL’s across the land. This reads like they are just lazy or not smart enough to know better?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  Nightowl490

Meh.

I doubt Jeremiah and Sarah’s alleged violations resulted in a serial child molester being able to continue his crime spree.

Maybe the BATFE agents (whose names were not provided) should be transfered on loan to the FBI to pursue more important matters.

The FBI is a little shorthanded right now:

https://oig.justice.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/2021-06-24_0.pdf

Grim
Grim
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

short penises, too!

swmft
swmft
1 month ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

help the fbi (female body inspectors) violate trust of more women and protect criminals ?

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago
Reply to  swmft

I was being sarcastic, of course, and I realize you are too, but for the record, my reference was to the FBI failing to follow-up on accusations against Larry Nassar. Because of their lack of follow-up, Nassar continued to molest children.

It seems to me, it was a higher priority for the federal government to investigate an accused child molester than it was to investigate Dave’s Gunshop.

Given all the FBI agents who have been arrested lately, it seems they could use some help.

The priorities of federal law enforcement are frequently curious.

Stag
Stag
1 month ago
Reply to  Nightowl490

Butters and Fudds are cancer.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

The RIGHT, not the privilege, TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS shall not be infringed. You can legally suspend a privilege but not a right. The 2A was written into LAW to legally guarantee every free American’s GOD given RIGHT to keep and bear arms. The 2A also clearly defines the government’s role on the RIGHT and that specifically is; SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Any law that doesn’t square up with the constitution is null and void per the Supreme court case of Mayburry vs Madison. Thus, the mission of the atfe is illegal as it relates to firearms, thus they… Read more »

swmft
swmft
1 month ago

they should be atpc they were started to collect sin taxes alcohol,tobacco prostitution,cars . even dirtbags have a right to self defense

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman
1 month ago

How much do ya wanna bet that every charge is based on a lie?/

Stag
Stag
1 month ago

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

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
1 month ago

I’m more concerned the FBI didn’t follow-up on complaints about a serial sexual predator that resulted in more girls being molested.

I’m more concerned at least one of the FBI agents involved was allowed to retire with his sweet taxpayer provided pension and suffered no disciplinary actions.

I’m more concerned that high level members of the Department of Justice decided to not appear for questioning by the Senate.