For Immediate Release
Chester Man Pleads Guilty To Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm And Making A False Statement During The Acquisition Of A Firearm
According to court documents and statements made in court, on July 11, 2017, Chester Police Department received a call that Parker was inside the Chester General Store with a gun in plain view. Knowing that Parker was previously convicted of Impersonation of a U.S. Officer they went to the store and arrested Parker for being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.
On March 30, 2017, Parker purchased a Mosin-Nagant, Model M91/30, 7.62 X 39 mm caliber rifle from Riley’s Sport Shop, a federally licensed firearms dealer located in Hooksett, New Hampshire. When Parker completed the required paperwork to make the purchase, he falsely claimed that he had never been convicted in any court of a felony.
On June 20, 2017, Parker went to Granite State Guns and Survival Gear LLC, a federally licensed firearms dealer located in Londonderry, New Hampshire and purchased an Arsenal, Model SAM7R, 7.62 X 39 mm rifle. When Parker completed the required paperwork to make the purchase, he falsely claimed that he had never been convicted in any court of a felony.
Parker is scheduled to be sentenced on August 14, 2019.
“It is unlawful for convicted felons to possess guns,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to reduce violent crime and maintain public safety, we will continue to be aggressive in our efforts to identify and prosecute criminals who unlawfully possess firearms.”
“ATF is determined to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Far too many violent crimes result from people who are prohibited from having them. ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to pursue and arrest those who commit these criminal acts,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Kelly D. Brady.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chester Police Department. The United States Marshal’s Service assisted in the apprehension of Parker. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Walsh.
The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.