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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 20, 2019
Scott W. Murray
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dena Blanco

Nashua Man Pleads Guilty to Gun Crime

CONCORD - Ryan Burns, 39, of Nashua, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Scott W. Murray.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on December 4, 2018, Burns purchased a .45 caliber firearm from an undercover federal enforcement officer for $100 cash, a box of .22 caliber ammunition, and an antique firearm. As explained in court documents and stated during the hearing, Ryan’s possession of the gun was unlawful due a previous involuntary commitment to a mental health facility.

Burns will be sentenced on January 14, 2020.

“In order to maintain public safety, we are striving to prevent gun crime in New Hampshire,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “We will work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who seek to obtain guns unlawfully.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Manchester Police Department investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Kinsella is prosecuting the case.

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.


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