West Englewood man facing federal gun charges - FOX 32 News Chicago

West Englewood man facing federal gun charges

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A West Englewood felon is facing federal charges of trafficking firearms—including dozens of shotguns, rifles, pistols and revolvers—which he had no license to sell and was not allowed to own because he was a felon.

Earl Gardner, 25, of the 5900 block of South Bishop Street, is charged with one count of dealing firearms without a federal license, and four counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Gardner was arrested Tuesday night by Chicago Police and pleaded not guilty Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Rowland, according to the statement.

According to federal prosecutors, Gardner sold 39 firearms to a cooperating individual between Dec. 29, 2010, and June 7, 2012. The firearms included more than a dozen semi-automatic pistols, 10 revolvers, 10 rifles, three shotguns, and two TEC-9 9 mm pistols.

Prosecutors also claim that during September 2011, and January and February 2012, Gardner illegally possessed two or more firearms after having been convicted of a felony. Among the 11 firearms he possessed were various 9 mm and .22, .38, and .45 caliber pistols, as well as several rifles, the statement said.

Gardner was ordered held pending a detention hearing Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court.

Each firearms dealing charge carries a maximum of 5 years in prison, and each count of being a felon in possession of firearms carries a maximum of 10 years, according to the statement. All carry a $250,000 maximum fine.

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