Old Town Maine Man Sentenced for Possessing Short-Barreled Shotgun

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BANGOR, Maine – -(Ammoland.com)- An Old Town man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Stephen Warren, 38, to four years and two months in prison and two years of supervised release. Warren pleaded guilty in July 2021.

According to court records, on September 8, 2020, Warren was stopped by an Old Town police officer. Warren was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and served with a protection order. Warren was told not to operate his car due to his suspended license. He ignored this order, however, and drove away from the area. Following a brief pursuit, Warren was stopped and arrested.

A subsequent inventory search of Warren’s car revealed a short-barreled shotgun without a serial number. The shotgun was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). [he did not pay the tax] Federal law prohibits the possession of an unregistered weapon made from a shotgun if the modified weapon has a barrel less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of less than 26 inches.

“These firearms are more dangerous because they are easily concealed and devastating when used at close range,” said U.S. Attorney McElwee. “As a result, anyone who seeks to possess one of these weapons must comply with the registration requirements of the National Firearms Act.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Old Town Police Department investigated the case as part of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) initiative.

PSN is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, community leaders, and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. PSN is coordinated by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the 94 federal judicial districts throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories. PSN is customized to account for local violent crime problems and resources. Across all districts, PSN follows four key design elements of successful violent crime reduction initiatives: community engagement, prevention, and intervention, focused and strategic enforcement, and accountability.

Boston 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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Chuck

More Concealable? With today’s fashions not really. Any shotgun up close and personal, depending upon the Load, is dangerous and devastating (ask Birdshot Dick Cheney). I really can’t see where SBRs and SBSs were that big of a problem back in the bad old days. There’s stories, but very little actual Forensic proof. The NFA is and remains a major Infringement upon the 2nd Amendment. No matter how you look at it or try to justify it. It remains an Infringement, and largely came about as the results if a problem the government itself created. Without Prohibition, Organized Crime wouldn’t… Read more »

loveaduck

The guy’s own stupidity got him busted.

Laddyboy

Yep! Saw that situation here. In a Court house, a woman was FINED for driving without a license. The Judge told the woman her driving license had been cancelled. The Judge warned her; You cannot drive your car. The woman acknowledged she understood. SOOOooo, As the woman was driving away from the court house, she was stopped by the Police and was arrested! DUMB MOVE!!
How does the saying go; “You can teach an ignorant(not knowing a topic) man. BUT, you cannot teach a STUPID(incapable of learning) man!”

Country Boy

Well if “too easily concealed” is a determining factor on bbl length, is ATF planning on requiring handguns to have 18″ barrels?
the ATF has lost it’s damn mind……….

TStheDeplorable

The bans on machine guns, short barreled shotguns/rifles, and silencers were the result of legislators watching old black and white gangster movies. There was (and is) virtually no problem in America of crimes committed with these weapons/devices. Yet if you possess one you will go to prison longer than someone who defrauds a pension fund of millions of dollars. It’s utter madness.

musicman44mag

I don’t know about shot guns and don’t own one but I don’t think to many of them hold very many rounds. I know some have plugs that can be removed but I think it only goes up to 5 or 7 rounds. I know newer shot guns can hold up to 24 small shells but how long would the barrel have to be to be even with the tubes that hold the shells. If the barrel was shorter you would blow the tubes up, LOL! How many rounds does a semi auto pistol hold and how easy is it… Read more »

Big George

…”These firearms are more dangerous because they are easily concealed and devastating…”. No doubt the bad guy’s after reading ATF rules are thinking’ “…the next house I rob I’ll make sure the owner has a shotgun with a really long barrel because it’s not as concealable and less deadly”…geeeezzee!

Finnky

Well… if I was a burglar I would prefer that if owner is home and armed, that they have a 30″ goose gun over an 18″ home defense gun. Those 3.5″ magnum rounds won’t make me any more dead if they hit, that long barrel will make the gun far harder to maneuver inside confined spaces and someone with 30″ gun is more likely to be an elderly fudd – less willing to shoot and possibly less capable all around. As I am not a burglar, I’d be more likely to ask that 30″ goose-gun owner for invite to tag… Read more »

Wild Bill

You point out a good reason that the 16 inch rifle barrel rule is foolish and should go! In fact the entire NFA and GCA have never stopped criminals. Those two statutes need to go.

Finnky

TY – from what I read, shortest one should go with 556/223 is 10″ due to energy loss. Even then, shorter barrels pretty much only good for short ranges – but then I live in the city where long range would be next door or 50 yards down the street. Shorter barrel also makes “boom” louder. Therefore I choose to comply, and keep a 10.5″ pistol with suppressor as secondary home defense tool. Primary being holstered sidearm, quicker at hand and in perhaps more appropriate indoors. When I move to acreage, long arm will make more sense. Maybe night vision… Read more »

Wild Bill

Moving to the country, and putting a chain link fence around the house to keep the dogs from wandering are great moves.

Laddyboy

“statutes” = An ILLEGAL rule that is treated as law by an ILLEGALLY INSTITUTED BUREAUCRACY. WHY illegal? The AFT(bidet) was formed by an IRS BUREAUCRAT — NOT CONGRESS!!!!

Back Country Wanderer

You got that right, criminally minded don’t follow the law. Why should they? Its not part of their job description.

Big George

You missed the point of my sarcasm.

Wild Bill

I missed it too, at first. LOL!!

Wild Bill

Good logic! Good humor!

Roland T. Gunner

Ammolamd News’ stance on the Unaccountable Agency (BATFE): no comment. Why no comment Ammoland? Get off the fence, pick a side and take a position. “Nut up” in the vernacular.

Rowboat

I see the same commenters every day in the same place, and it turns into an old geezer pissing contest or a cop hating platform for disgruntled parking ticket scofflaws.
If you’re not sitting in jail, moms basement, China, Russia or some other $hit hole, try being civil or your comments will be summarily dismissed by the “good guys with guns that come to this site for intelligent information.

TexDad

Breaking, government thugs seize firearm that endangered no one, imprison man guilty of no harm.

I hope agents/policemen involved know what they are. I shudder to think they go to bed at night thinking they are trying to help their fellow Americans.

Rob

You have entirely too much time on your hands, sport. Recommend a year or two on a tuna boat to give you a perspective on the real world.

Roland T. Gunner
Stag

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

swmft

need to jail all atf agents

JPM

Jail is too good for the bastards.

Docduracoat

I would like to hear the rest of the story. So he had a suspended license, and the cop warned him not to operate the car. Instead of pretending to comply, walking away, and returning later to retrieve his car, he instead just drove away in front of the cop who issued the warning. Any normal person, who had an unregistered short barrel shotgun would have walked away thanking his lucky stars the cop did not search the car. Just park it legally and tell the cop you’ll have a friend come and drive it home. Instead he drives away.… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

The mindset that the State is always right, and the State must win every encounter must change. Every minor violation should not be escalated to whatever level allows the State to claim victory.

Wild Bill

Sure, but how?

Finnky

Ya’all are not in disagreement. If I come across a rattlesnake while hiking somewhere remote, I simply pick a safe path around and leave it be. They serve a purpose and generally do no harm if I leave them alone. Same goes for any dangerous animal, including cops. Of course cops can be a little less predictable – and sometimes go after random innocents for no discernable reason. At those times being fast and a good shot can be critical – Too bad Gary Tuttle wasn’t faster and a better shot – but his death did result in a team… Read more »

Russn8r

ATFBI
Offering “Protection”
Servicing OUR Nation

JPM

What kind of idiots think there is something wrong or misleading or false about this picture and posts a thumbs down?

Wild Bill

It is not the picture.

Russn8r

True. It’s you. Why do you continue trolling and insulting people and trying to drive them away?

Wild Bill

Those are your techniques, democrat plant.

Russn8r

“Those are your techniques, democrat plant.”
Triple Projection.

Your accusation of “Democrat plant” is classic libel and defamation! Why do you continue trolling and insulting people and trying to drive them away? Please stop tolling and insulting me!

You are destroying the Decorum of Ammoland!

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Cam

What a moron, the length in the law is an arbitrary number on an unconstitutional law. It’s no more deadly and if I shoot someone with a 17.9 inch barrel compared to and 18” will not matter.

Russn8r

Yep. He’s lucky ATFBI didn’t murder his wife & kid & everyone he knows because of this “more dangerous” gun. BTW, “Project Safe Neighborhood” is endorsed by NRA-NSSF types.

JPM

Apparently you (Russn8r) can’t post something blatantly true without getting disapproval votes here. It’s a sad thing when people ignore the facts due to a conflict of personalities.

Wild Bill

He has insulted too many and driven them away. He will get around to you, eventually.

Russn8r

Why do you continue trolling and insulting people and trying to drive them away?

Wild Bill

You accuse others of what you do. You must be a democrat plant.

Russn8r

You accuse others of what you do. You must be a democrat plant.

Wild Bill

Repeating what others say. A five year-old’s technique. Done with you. Talking with the grown-ups, now.

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Russn8r

Good. Long as you stop trolling & insulting me and others here, which you clearly do because of our POV!

Your insults are classic evil leftist technique: Projection. It’s fair to mirror them back to you, where they belong.

Your defamation & trolling are destroying the Decorum of Ammoland! Please stop!

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Finnky

@WB – Take him for what he is. Enjoy his nuggets, correct mistruths that may mislead others, and ignore the rest.

On the whole he’s a bit more level than @PS or @tank.

BTW – I enjoy your posts which are not centered on shooting down these trolls. Let’s hear more about your ranch, horses, dogs, etc 🙂

Roland T. Gunner

All those folks who just want “reasonable” gun control.

Wild Bill

I’m thinking that the writers of the Constitution already gave us reasonable gun control.

Laddyboy

Agreed!

Arizona

The prohibitive $200 tax is unconstitutional and racist, preventing poor minorities from purchasing effective self-defense weapons, and the punishment for violating this illegal law is cruel and unusual, with a standard 10,000 dollars and ten years in prison. All for failing to pay $200 in tax. Did AOC get a multiple of that penalty when she failed to pay the IRS over $2,400 in taxes? Did Al Sharpton get a few thousand year prison sentence for owing the IRS MILLIONS in taxes?