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Pennsauken's Eric Reed Admits to Illegal Gun Dealing

Reed pleads guilty to charges he illegally purchased and resold 14 guns in 2012.

A Pennsauken man faces more than a decade in prison after he admitted to being an illegal arms dealer in federal court in Camden Monday, pleading guilty to charges of dealing firearms without a license and transferring a firearm to a previously convicted felon.

Eric J. Reed, 44, admitted to buying 14 guns from various Pennsylvania gun shops and gun shows, obliterating their serial numbers and transferring them to his nephew, Ammie “Beav” Steward, 37, a convicted felon who served prison time for manslaughter, according to court documents.

The purchases took place between May 2012 and Aug. 15, 2012, according to court documents, after Reed obtained a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license. Most of the guns were 9mm handguns, but Reed acquired two Intratec TEC-DC9s—previously banned under the federal assault weapons ban—and two Intratec AB-10s, all semi-automatic pistols, as well as a WASR 10/63 rifle, a Romanian variant of the Soviet AKM assault rifle.

Reed admitted to wiping out the serial numbers with a power tool, then moving them to Steward for resale. Steward sold all the guns—seven of which had high-capacity magazines and one of which came with a bayonet—to a witness cooperating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to court documents.

In one other case, court documents indicate Reed passed a Kel Tec PLR-16 long-range pistol and a box of ammunition to Steward for resale.

All 14 guns were confiscated by law enforcement.

Reed faces up to 10 years on the transfer of a weapon to a convicted felon charge, and up to five years for the illegal firearms dealing charge, and up to a $250,000 fine on each charge. His sentencing, in front of U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb, is scheduled for April 22.

Steward previously pleaded guilty to one count of dealing firearms without a license and one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and will be sentenced March 25.

M'town Truth January 16, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I'm happy to see some reporting on rigorous prosecution of such blatantly illegal arms sales. Wonder why we haven't seen more of this kind of reporting? Is it because it's so rare? or because it's so common?
Pete January 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM
I think it is rare. With all the mommabama hype on gun control, how come the ATF has not had a permanent Director for the past two years (or more)?
Rob Scott (Editor) January 16, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Pete, The bureau hasn't had a director for six years. And it's primarily because for the last several years, the ATF has been consistently and severely underfunded, as well as hampered by legislative restrictions.
HomeBrew January 16, 2013 at 04:47 PM
In 2008, President George W. Bush's nominee for ATF Director, Mass. Republican Mike Sullivan, was blocked by GOP Senators. Why? "The opposition is not to Sullivan personally," according to USA Today, "but focused on the belief that the ATF is overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws." http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-10-13-3890655654_x.htm Gun-rights advocates often proclaim, We have enough gun laws. We should enforce the laws on the books. Yet gun-rights GOP Senators block an ATF appointment because he would aggressively enforce the laws on the books.
M'town Truth January 25, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Once again Rob misinforms and misdirects in order to push his own personal liberal-progressive political views. One of the main reasons that the ATF has not had a director is because the Obama administration is too busy sweeping Fast & Furious under the rug, trying to deflect blame and avoid responsibility for the murders of US citizens with guns which have Eric Holder's and the ATF's fingerprints all over them. Obama's picks for director, to date, have been blatant anti-Second Amendment individuals and couldn't pass the Senate confirmation - especially when questioning over Fast & Furious would inevitably be raised in confirmation hearings.
Rob Scott (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 05:06 PM
M'town Truth, You nailed me. Shame on me, I suppose.
M'town Truth January 25, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Todd Jones is Obama's latest pick. You can see the grave concerns over his suitability outlined here: http://oversight.house.gov/release/issa-nomination-of-b-todd-jones-to-lead-atf-is-slap-in-face-to-fast-and-furious-victims-whistleblowers
M'town Truth January 25, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Maybe you should hire me to vet your comments. =)

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