Rapid City SD Man Found Guilty of Multiple Firearm Charges

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Rapid City SD Man Found Guilty of Multiple Firearm Charges

South Dakota – -(AmmoLand.com)- Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced that Eric Ladeaux, age 35, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found guilty of two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and one count of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm following a federal jury trial in Rapid City, South Dakota.  The verdict was returned on October 14, 2021.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction relates to Ladeaux, a person who is prohibited from possessing firearms, possessing firearms that were found after he came into contact with Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies in December 2019 and Rapid City Police Department officers in September 2020.  Ladeaux was also found to be in possession of an unregistered firearm in the September 2020 stop.

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.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date has not been set.  The defendant was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

St. Paul 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 www.atf.gov.

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The BATF is the equivalent of Hitlers SS and they need to be disbanded and all the alphabet soup agencies need to be done away with completely . This includes the FBI , IRS and several others. They have proven they are a government sponsored terrorist organization and nothing more !


“Let’s Go AFT”. 🙂

NEVER cooperate with the treasonous criminals at the AFT.

Deplorable Bill

The Right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. THAT IS THE LAW. Every free, not incarcerated, American citizen IS the militia and is legally able to possess and use military grade firearms, cannon, explosives, aircraft, naval ships, flame throwers, a o w’s, etc. THAT IS THE LAW. The armed American citizen is needed to maintain the free state of America, your state of freedom and my state of freedom. The RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Government’s ONLY LEGAL role relative to the 2A, to firearms and explosives is SHALL… Read more »


Possession of an unregistered firearm? More typical BATF bullsh*t! Hell we’re all guilty of owning unregistered firearms!


Will (“TEX”) – 11/4/21:

“In Texas there is no such thing as registering firearms.”

Response to Will (“TEX”):

Yes, there is – failure to register firearms & destructive devices was the basis of the BATFE’s involvement at Waco (after they were contacted by the the employees at a rural sheriff department).

Federal registration laws apply to all states.


Will – 11/4/21

“As usual you’re wrong again. The state of TEXAS does not maintain a firearms registry,period!”

Reply to Will:

Nor do most states.

However, in Texas (like all other states that permit SBRs, SBSs, machine guns, etc.), there is such a thing as registering firearms.


Will (“TEX”) – 11/4/21: “look, just think whatever you want dumbass.” Reply to Will (“TEX”): You should watch your language or you may receive a “well-deserved” reprimand from Wild Bill or Finnky (or maybe not). It’s not what I think, Will. In Texas, there is such a thing as registering firearms. Texans (like residents of other states) are required by law to register (with the federal government) those firearms and other itmes that are subject to the NFA of 1934. Just like most other states, Texas does not have a state registry. The government employee who wrote the article above… Read more »


Per GCA’68 every dealer in TEXAS has a list of gunowners. These comprise a de facto TEXAS registry. Federales can Come & Take Them any time & local Enforcers will gladly help them with total impunity thx to your VichyCon hero Abbott.

Speaking of ‘periods!’ You seem very emotional today. Did’ya git one’o’them sex ops Abbott refuses to ban for kids in TEXAS? You know, TEXAS, like a whole other country with a VichyCon gov who takes big cash from sex change mills?

TEXAS Scorecard: How Burrows, Phelan & Abbott Killed a Ban on Sex Change Surgeries in TEXAS


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Wild Bill

A de facto list is not a de jure list. The FFL holders would not have a list of all gun owners, so the BATFE would have a lot of gathering to do. So your Come and Take them may take awhile.

Matthew S Harrison

The BATFE &FBI boys were brought into Chiraq with much fanfare and a visit from the demented one himself, yet weekly on the news here, we are told violent felons with 100 page rap sheets are released with ankle bracelets and no bail on the daily. The story above is evidence the G doesn’t care whatsoever about real crime. Recently there was a gunfight between two groups of felons in Chiraq, a gunfight not only caught on surveillance cameras, but witnessed by CPD uniformed cops. It resulted in one homicide and multiple wounded, yet charges were dropped……all involved were felons……where… Read more »


If a nurse on the north side, a business person in the Loop, or a student going to school in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side was caught concealed carrying without a permit by one of those Chicago cops, their life would be severly affected. If the BATFE could find some way to persecute them, they would join in.

Chicago cops will follow orders to enforce gun control laws against certain people and follow orders to not enforce them against other people.


Nurse, business person and students are all easy targets. Cops know there will be retribution, physically or politically. Of course they go where they can get points for arrests without risks of serving in ‘chiraq’. Can you blame them?
Of course the flip side is WTF do we pay them for? If they cannot do what is needed to address public violence, they have no business being cops.


Yes, I do blame the Chicago cops for disarming and arresting people who are just going about their business and for following orders to not arrest violent criminals. You continue to make excuses for people who destroy the lives of Constitution-abiding people who just want to protect themselves. Because the risk of being raped or mugged is lower than the risk of being arrested for carrying, most of the people in Chicago who would otherwise carry choose to not carry. As a result, some of those people get raped or mugged. At what point will you hold the enforcers accountable?… Read more »


Response on hold (probably too long).

Short version: “just following orders” apologists are worse than butters and fudds.


Possession of an unregistered firearm. Does that mean that in South Dakota you need to register every gun in your possession even a 80 percent that you have completed?

I don’t recall a law were all guns are to be registered especially since many of them do not have serial numbers that were made in the good old days.

OreGONE where druggies and the Mexican Drug Cartel growing pot illegally with sanctuary illegals rule the natural citizens of OreGONE. I knew that legalizing all illegal drugs was a bad idea.


Something is wrong with the government’s statement or the guy got railroaded into being guilty to a non-existent law. There is no firearm registration law in SD nor at the federal level (except for NFA and DD items).


Thank you. Almost eliminated my number one choice to move to.


Could have been a SBR.


I have yet to see what “LAW enacted by Congress established the ATF”,, BATFE or whatever else anybody wants to call it?


Fuc* atf. Stop providing them a forum.



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


So why was he prohibited? One wonders.


So in Virginia is the 4473 and equivalent state form registration or not?


“The conviction relates to Ladeaux, a person who is prohibited from possessing firearms, possessing firearms that were found after he came into contact with Pennington County Sheriff’s Office deputies in December 2019 and Rapid City Police Department officers in September 2020.”

“The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Kelderman prosecuted the case.”

Emphasis added – the BATFE is largely ineffective without the cooperation of state, county, city/town law enforcement.


YEP!! The ILLEGALLY FORMED Bureaucratic ‘atf/aft/batf/batfe’ that was NOT FORMED BY Congress but by a department head in the ‘irs’. This bureaucratic MONSTER MUST BE DISBANDED IMMEDIATELY!!


Ammoland – keep posting these BATFE press releases. It’s important to show that the BATFE can only be effective with the cooperation of local law enforcement.

Too many people can’t reconcile their unfounded feelings about local law enforcement with reality.


Will (“TEX”) – 11/4/21: “This is the last communication with you from me. I’m talking about “state” registration and you’re talking “feds” you F*UCKING idiot. Gov Abbott just got rid of most that NFA BULLSHIT IN TEXAS TOO. TEX TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY!” Response to Will (“TEX”): I know you’re talking about a state registry, obviously. Texas is not at all unique in that regard. Why you raised the point to begin with in this comment section is odd, because South Dakota also does not have a state registry. Regarding the laws recently passed in Texas, I don’t believe… Read more »

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WillTEX M.O. when triggered, emotional, issues over head:

Delete hysterical post
RUN AWAY like hyena with false penis
Downvote with sock puppets he’s not currently pleasuring himself with

$100 says it won’t be his last communication with you.

Extra emotional today. Maybe got one’o’them gender ops Abbott refuses to ban for kids in TEXAS? A whole other country with a VichyCon gov who takes big cash from sex change mills.


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He can have a great time writing and deleting this afternoon. The sun just came out and I’m leaving soon to do some fly fishing.

It’s been a great Fall. Since the end of September:

  • Hiking in Yellowstone
  • Backpacking in Glacier National Park
  • Two elk hunts (gear hauled in on mules and dropped-off)
  • Three grouse hunts
  • Four days fly fishing

Maybe Will needs to get out more and enjoy the great outdoors.

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Who they heck is downvoting this? Maybe they are jealous but, unlike me, express their jealousy in a negative manner. Me – I need to re-evaluate and restructure my life so I can get out more.
First two activities have been on my list for quite some time. Others sound fantastic as well.
Feel free to share more so we can enjoy your adventures vicariously – or better yet use you for inspiration.

Wild Bill

Wow, any one of those would be a dream come true!


I am truly blessed to live here and have the opportunity to do those things and have fun, interesting people to join me.

Mid-September through mid-November is a great time of year (April is a great time to be somewhere else).


Texas suppressor law was structured to give someone standing to sue federal government over NFA on suppressors. Making or possessing an unregistered suppressor at this point would be a foolish risk. Point of the law is for Texas to legally support a resident suing for their rights. If won, which I consider likely, then manufacture and ownership provisions come into effect. I have heard nothing on progress of finding sympathetic plaintiffs, much less suit being filed. I consider victory likely it is done right, however I predict it will not be resolved for several years. At that point I would… Read more »


You’re splainin’ to the wrong person.


Your use of FOUL LANGUAGE and ATTACKING another commenter got you a THUMBS DOWN.


I was quoting Will (who deleted his post) – see the quotes and the reference to his post (that I knew he would delete)?


Will (“TEX”) – 11/4/21:

“Laddyboy,you’re so right! He has a potty mouth and it’s a disgrace. A total disgrace.”

Response to Will (“TEX”):

You’re too much, Will. Laddyboy was reading your words that I quoted.

Just when things couldn’t get any funnier.

This is how you worked back in the day – isn’t it?