For Immediate Release
Omaha Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Felon in Possession of Ammunition
United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Austin Galvan, 41, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for felon in possession of ammunition. United States District Judge Brian C. Buescher sentenced Galvan to 84 months’ imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, he will begin a three-year term of supervised release.
On November 7, 2021, Ralston police responded to a call for a domestic assault. Galvan was eventually arrested and transported to the Douglas County Jail along with two bags he had in his possession. Inside one of the bags, corrections staff found the lower receiver to an AR-15 style rifle, a gun magazine, and two rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. Galvan is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing ammunition under federal law.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. The United States Attorney’s Office has prosecuted this case with support from the following Project Guardian partners: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Ralston Police Department. For more information about Project Guardian, please see www.justice.gov/archives/ag/about-project-guardian.