For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
, United States Attorney
David A. Sierleja
Contact: Mike Tobin
Cleveland Man Sentenced to 2 1/2 Years in Prison for Trafficking Firearms bought at Medina Gun Show
Field Division: Columbus Field Division
A Cleveland man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for illegally trafficking two dozen firearms purchased over a weekend at a gun show in Medina County, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja and Trevor Velinor, ATF Special Agent in Charge for the Columbus Field Division.
Carlton H. Nunn, 36, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of making false and fictitious statements regarding the sale of firearms.
Nunn purchased 24 9 mm pistols from four dealers at the Medina Gun Show on Sept. 10 and 11, 2016. He attended the gun show with two people, identified as S.B. and J.B., who appeared to select the firearms and provided the cash to purchase the guns, according to court documents.
Nunn told at least one firearms dealer that he instructed a concealed carry class and the firearms were for use in his class. In reality, Nunn left pistols in the trunk of J.B. and S.B.’s car. Nunn knew J.B. for 30 years and knew he had been to prison, according to court documents.
One of the pistols Nunn purchased has been recovered at a crime scene in Canada. Nunn also admitted making illegal purchases of firearms at the Summit County Gun Show, according to court documents.
“This defendant put two dozen firearms out into our streets, and at least one has already been used in a crime,” Sierleja said. “People must obey the law or suffer the consequences.”
“ATF is committed to combating gun violence in our communities, including the individuals who provide firearms to people who are prohibited from having them,” Velinor said. “We will continue to work to make our communities safer by investigating and bringing to prosecution the individuals who enable violent criminals.”
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney Megan R. Miller following an investigation by the ATF.