Jury Finds Convicted Felon Guilty of Possessing Ammunition

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.

Tampa, Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- A federal jury has found Victor Ricardo Grant (39, Brandon) guilty of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Grant faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years, and up to, life in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 4, 2022.

Grant was initially indicted on February 4, 2020, and a superseding indictment was filed on September 28, 2021.

According to testimony presented at trial, federal agents, along with Florida local law enforcement agencies, investigated a series of credit union robberies and carjackings committed in Hillsborough County and Pinellas County in 2019. As part of the investigation, the FBI obtained a search warrant for Grant’s residence in Brandon, Florida. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and federal investigators searched Grant’s home on January 22, 2020, and found approximately 400 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition inside backpacks in Grant’s bedroom closet and in the attic. All of the ammunition in the backpack in the attic was loaded in magazine clips for an AK-47 assault rifle; that backpack also contained ammunition drum magazines for that type of rifle. Because of his several prior felony offense convictions, federal law prohibits Grant from possessing ammunition.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas Park Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Clearwater Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Sinacore and Diego Novaes.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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.

Tampa 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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lktraz

Exactly which offense did he commit that made him a felon?
Had it been say being dumb enough to be caught smoking a joint in public he would be a felon but far from a dangerous one! Still he would be excluded from possessing a firearm or ammunition under existing Florida law. But…..this would be a rather uncalled for exclusion.

That portion of the law needs to be revamped to differentiate between potentially violent felons and those who are clearly innocuous.

swmft

there are a lot of people, who have done no harm to anyone else that are felons for stupidity of law.,and connected people that seldom get caught for doing harm to others . look how long ny governor cuomo got away with shit till video proof of wrong doing

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Krashnmore

Pretty sure this is a magazine

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Tionico

It would be of far more interest if these BATF puff pieces were to include details about the “disabling” charges and convictioins for people like this. Did he get behind on his child support payments, was he caught driving 21 miles per hour above a ridiculously low posted speed limit? Did he sell a firearm to a life-long friend without trudging off tho the gun store to”do it right”? If he participated n an amred roobery of a convenience store, well then yes, he SHOULD be debarred theuse of arms but ONY until his “debt to society” is fully paid,… Read more »

JMacZ

Come on? “Magazine clips?”

CaptainKerosene

To be fair, so LEOs, state, federal and local are good guys. But far to many ATF & FBI have a god or King complex. But armed robbery whether knife, club or firearm is a threat of attempted murder. . The Commandment is not Thou shall not kill. THOU SHALL NOT MURDER is correct. Felony charges/convictions of tax law, fotgery, doe$nd threaten anyone’s live and should not ban firearms possession. But that is favorite tactic of ATF if they can. Violent criminals threaten death and the victims should be able to respond with lethal force. Not vigilantism hunting for suspects… Read more »

JSNMGC

“To be fair, so LEOs, state, federal and local are good guys. But far to many ATF & FBI have a god or King complex.”

State, federal, and local enforcers enforce more gun control laws than the BATFE & FBI.

Ask Patricia Konie (and so many others).

Stag

“To be fair, so LEOs, state, federal and local are good guys.”

Good guys don’t enforce unjust and/or unconstitutional laws like arms laws.

Wild Bill

Well said.

Vince

He had several felonies, a few years, but not 15 to life, would do him and society good.

Laddyboy

AK rifles do NOT use CLIPS!! This trial HAS TO BE thrown out due to the INAPPROPRIATE use of nomenclature. Oh! By the way normal Publicly sellable rifles are NOT Automatic and thus are NOT “assault rifles”! FYI; The only ASSAULTER that EXISTES is a LIVING BREATHING HUMAN who is WANTON to harm others!

JPM

Actually AKs and SKSs do use clips to load the magazines (stripper clips). I have a couple hundred clips for AK, AR, SKS and FN FAL magazines.

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TStheDeplorable

The ammo was “was loaded in magazine clips.”

Please, please, please tell me this is not the actual language the ATF used in its press release. Your introductory paragraph suggests that’s the case, in which case we are really screwed.

Henry Bowman

There needs to be a law that says if you cannot use the correct nomenclature of firearms and their parts, you can’t prosecute. That and abolish the BATF!!

JPM

I detest the BATF and everything they stand for, but in this case, they are technically correct. The clips are used to load the magazines, so, “magazine clips” is what pretty much what they are, but we refer to them as “stripper clips”.

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Wild Bill

Well, there is a kind of convolution of the language over the course of firearm development. Five cartridge loading strips were a military phenomenon at the time when the strip went directly into a slot cut so that the cartridges could be pushed directly into the internal rifle magazine. That 1898 high tech was replaced by the box magazine. Box magazines were loaded one cartridge at a time until someone remembered the cartridge loading strip. The problem was that the cartridge loading strip did not go directly into the box magazine. So someone had to invent a third piece that… Read more »

MP71

I believe the piece you’re referring to is called a spoon, which it kind of resembles. I bought a bunch of stripper clips for my AR magazines and the seller threw in a couple of those. Maglula makes a speed loader that accepts stripper clips.

Stag

Just government thugs bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.

JSNMGC

“This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas Park Police Department, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Clearwater Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Sinacore and Diego Novaes.”

Shocking that Bob would work with the BATFE:

https://www.tbnweekly.com/pinellas_county/article_ac65dbf3-f341-5250-8d9e-39b47a9b3041.html

Patriot Solutions

Here’s an example of the damage done to America by both elected and un-elected cock roaches. “In 1995, Bryan Range was convicted in a Pennsylvania state court for making a false statement to obtain food stamps assistance, a class one misdemeanor. And under that conviction for a non-violent crime, he not only served no time in jail, but he made restitution for the crime. Range has been a peaceable citizen since, has been gainfully employed, and a family man, but because of the conviction twenty-six years ago, he is unconstitutionally banned forever from possessing and protecting himself and his family… Read more »

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Wild Bill

He got a life sentence that Penn state law and the judge never intended.

Patriot Solutions

A classic example of federal government over-reach to rule top down tyranny for their NWO of global governance.

Orion

read it again…state law and conviction, not federal. even then, where is the felony conviction? he plead guilty to a class one MISDEMEANOR.
did his class one misdemeanor carry a possible sentence longer than 12 months? if not, he is not prohibited federally.

Patriot Solutions

Here are some Texans who know why Americans must be disarmed.

https://tv.gab.com/channel/trunews/view/we-are-under-talmudic-law-61e1d21eaf34d186712c03a7

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Tionico

don’t have a gab account so cannot access.

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Patriot Solutions

“Clips” Lol. What a bunch of ignatards.

Stag

The tyrants advocating for, enacting, and enforcing arms laws are often the least knowledgeable about arms. I think at this point people are literally voting for the dumbest among us to control our lives. The movie Idiocracy turned out to be more of a documentary or accurate prediction of the future than a comedy.

Patriot Solutions

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Orion

But….. butt… was he also charged and convicted of any credit union robberies or carjackings?
curious minds would like to know.

Deplorable Bill

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The second amendment. The atfe is a criminal, unconstitutional government terrorist organization that disavows their oath to the people, the nation and the constitution, in particular the second amendment. The atfe should be disbanded, arrested, tried and jailed for their crimes which include treason, tyranny, terrorism, theft, intimidation, assault and battery, falsifying government documents, attempted murder and murder. The second amendment gives every free American citizen the right and obligation to keep and bear arms no… Read more »

CaptainKerosene

The Second Amendment has ONE COMMA and is intended as control of govt. Self-defense is a Tenth Amendment right that is thousands of years old. It is God given.
The Second Amendment is uniquely U$A.

uncle dudley

Yet Hunter is still walking around.

Dubi Loo

F the BATFE

Russn8r

And F their partners too: NSSF, and locals who help ATF enforce their “laws” & “regs”.

Last edited 13 days ago by Russn8r
JPM

What kind of honest, gun rights supporting, freedom loving patriot can be against your statement here? Apparently, several morons think it’s okay to support the BATF and their traitorous supporters/partners. Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.

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Wild Bill

No, they are not against the good stuff that he writes. They down vote him because he has insulted so many people and uses filthy language.
Vehemently disagree with him sometime, just as an experiment, and see what he alleges about you.

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swmft

it is sad that so many supposed adults can behave like three years old , im sure he has blasted something I have said ,its on him if he cant say it constructively. and says more about the author than whom they attack so when they get it right I vote up

Wild Bill

Is that being an enabler. Like when someone covers for an addict? Just saying.

swmft

no, it is more about vote down stupid vote up intelligent thought, with hopes they will grow; but no bets
and now I know who one of the adolescents is

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Wild Bill

Well, if defending churlish people is your thing, you will soon be surrounded by them.

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Russn8r

WB trolls folks with a bunch of sock puppets & says “they” [instantly] vote us down because we’re “churlish”.

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Russn8r

Think your sock puppet posse votedowns disable anyone here? Patriots don’t live for upvotes.