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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of West Virginia

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Michael B. Stuart
, United States Attorney
Contact: Deanna Eder

Federal Jury Finds Greenbrier County Man Guilty on Federal Gun Charges

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A federal jury has convicted a Greenbrier County man on federal gun charges, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  In January 2018, Ronald Collins, 39, lied on ATF form 4473, indicating that he had never been committed to a mental institution, and thereafter purchased a firearm.  The jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of making a false and fictitious written statement on an ATF Form 4473 in order to acquire a firearm, and of being in possession of a firearm after being committed to a mental institution.    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) and the West Virginia State Police conducted the investigation.
 
 “Collins is prohibited from possessing a firearm by virtue of having previously been committed to a mental institution,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   “This is a prime example of how enforcing existing gun laws keeps guns out of the wrong hands.   I want to thank ATF, the West Virginia State Police and my prosecutors for their exemplary work in this case.”
 
Collins posted several videos of himself with the firearm on social media, including one of him shooting the firearm, which were shown to the jury.  Collins now faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on July 10, 2019. 
 
United States District Judge Irene C. Berger presided over the trial.  Assistant United States Attorneys Steve Loew and Alex Hamner handled the prosecution. 
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