Horse Cave Kentucky Man Sentenced for Stealing 335 Firearms From Employer

Editors Note: The following press release is directly from ATF. Regular readers of AmmoLand News know our stance on the unaccountable Federal Agency: No comment. We invite our readers to leave their hard-hitting insights in the comments below.

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BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – -( Brandon Wayne Parker, age 41, of Horse Cave, Kentucky was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers to serve 82 months in federal prison and pay restitution in the amount of $99,588.40 for Theft of Firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee, Possession of Stolen Firearms, Providing False Information on ATF Forms 4473, and Aggravated Identity Theft.  There is no parole in the federal system.

“I commend the outstanding work of the ATF in this case,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett.   “Identifying, arresting, and prosecuting individuals involved in the theft of firearms is an important part of our overall strategy to combat violent crime and keep our communities safe.”

“Federally licensed firearms dealers work with ATF’s Louisville Field Division to ensure the lawful sale of guns in shops throughout Kentucky and West Virginia,” stated Special Agent in Charge, R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division.  “In this case, an employee stole firearms from his employer through ongoing fraud and identity theft.  ATF is committed to the safety of our communities by investigating and arresting those who obtain firearms through illegal means.”

According to court documents, Parker was employed by Master Pawn of Horse Cave, a federally licensed firearms dealer, located in Horse Cave, Kentucky.

In his plea agreement, Parker admitted that he stole approximately 335 firearms from Master Pawn between November 2016 and August 22, 2018.

Parker also admitted that he provided false information on ATF Forms 4473 by entering identification information of legitimate purchasers, without their knowledge, to fraudulently obtain and steal the firearms.  An ATF Form 4473 is required to be filled out to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Louisville Field Division

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

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

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What the hell. Does anyone ever take inventory at the six month period or at a yearly period anymore? If I had a store that sold guns it would be in a computer system of my own design and I would log all guns coming in and going out. You don’t need who bought them, only if it is in inventory, purchased or sold. If my docs say that I have 200 guns then all I need to do is take a quick count just to see if it matches once a day. If I come up short or over,… Read more »


You seem confused about the manner of the theft. He entered the stolen guns in the records as sold to legitimate purchasers. Using the names of people who had purchased guns from the store before and have presumably passed background checks. So when he steals 100 guns, they are logged out of the bound book as sold. There are no discrepancies. The only way to find out is to look at the accounts receivable. If he steals 100 guns valued at $300 each then $3000 is missing from the accounts receivable. But the bound book records the hundred guns as… Read more »


your missing a zero in your calculation. 100 x $300+ $30,000.
my question is, was no one looking at the accounting ledger, especially for that length of time?


Damn. Should have read the whole article. That is what I get for going by what was said in the first paragraph only. I won’t make that mistake again. I would think that they would have a camera recording transactions and people entering and leaving the store where they could have tracked the sale to the non existent person butt???? I guess they didn’t do that either.

Thanks for making me go back and read the whole thing, you are right.


Sorry, but 100 guns times $300 each is $30,000. C’mon man.


My thoughts exactly! After 1, maybe 2. Where’s the money, receipts for the week, “bound book” I think. Guns in and guns out.

WI Patriot

Pawn shop should be shut down, definitely no oversight there…




How is it possible that no one notices $100,000 of lost revenue, long before it adds up to such a sum in the first place? 335 guns over 22 months is 3 or 4 every week. I would think that any business owner, especially an FFL holder, would suspect some funny business by the end of the first month at least.


Yep! A thief stole weapons without paying for them and used FALSE identification. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WEAPONS?? WHO RECEIVED THEM? WHERE ARE THEIR ARRESTS????

Deplorable Bill

“Shall not be infringed” is THE legal government role pertaining to firearms and related products. This is a simple case of theft and it should be handled by local P.D., that is what they get paid for. The guy got caught steeling 100 k’s worth of firearms so he now lives in jail and has to pay the money back. The atfe is mad because he falsified documents which are themselves illegal under the constitution. They still want their illegal pound of flesh even when they know it’s illegal per the constitution. This is called job justification and anyone who… Read more »

Bill B

The ATF are the LOWEST form of life among all the GOVERNMENT SCUM! They need to be dismantled completely and totally and every one of their HIRED THUGS needs to be barred from any position of LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR LIFE. They are nothing but a bunch of fungus that feed on abusing the RIGHTS of AMERICAN CITIZENS! I hope you DIRT BAGS read this! REMEMBER WACO, REMEMBER RUBY RIDGE!!!



the only thing you should publish re:atf is employees HOME ADDRESSES

FU*K atf AND their extended families (and their dogs)