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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
John C. Anderson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Sean J. Sullivan

Gun Dealer from Espanola, N.M. Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges

ALBUQUERQUE – Robert Real, 56, a federally licensed firearms dealer in Espanola, N.M. was sentenced Monday in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and 50 hours of community service for illegally selling firearms, falsifying records, and making false statements to law enforcement agents. 


On June 7, 2018, Real pled guilty to conspiracy, sale of a firearm to a felon, sale of a firearm other than a rifle or shotgun to a person under 21 years old, falsification of firearm transfer records, and making materially false statements to federal law enforcement agents.  In pleading guilty, Real admitted that from March 12, 2016, to February 24, 2017, he ignored and avoided several legal and administrative restrictions on federally licensed firearms dealers. 


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Mysliwiec is prosecuting the case under Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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