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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Peter G. Strasser
, United States Attorney

Kenner Man Sentenced to Prison for Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today that DAVID HUNTER (“HUNTER”), age 24, of Metairie, was sentenced to thirty (30) months imprisonment as to Counts 1 and 2 of his Indictment by the Honorable Wendy D. Vitter.  Count 1 charged HUNTER with possession of stolen firearms in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(j).  Count 2 charged HUNTER with being a prohibited person under indictment in possession of firearms in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(n).  Each sentence will be served concurrently.  Additionally, HUNTER has been sentenced to pay a $100 Special Assessment for each count. Upon release from federal imprisonment, HUNTER will be subject to two (2) years supervised release.

According to court documents, in December of 2016, HUNTER stole a gun safe that contained various firearms from a residence in Tylertown, Mississippi.  HUNTER then transported the firearms in interstate commerce to the Eastern District of Louisiana.  HUNTER possessed and transported the firearms after having been charged in Orleans Parish of state offenses that were punishable by terms of imprisonment exceeding one year.  Several firearms including a suppressor/silencer have not been recovered are still missing.  The unrecovered firearms are listed below:

Item Description Make Model Caliber Serial Number
Pistol Walther P38 9 millimeter Unknown
Rifle Winchester 1892 38-40 180289
Rifle Rock River Arms AR-15 .223 Unknown
Pistol Magnum Research Desert Eagle .50 36200016
Suppressor/Silencer Tactical Innovation, Inc. TAC 16 .223 1691150

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is 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.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Louisiana State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Duane A. Evans is prosecuting the case. 


New Orleans Field Division