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ATF Press Release

Contact: ATF PIO Ginger Colbrun
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Long Beach Man Sentenced to Nearly 6 Years in Federal Prison for Being Felon in Possession of Ammunition

LOS ANGELES – A convicted felon from Long Beach has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing ammunition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced today.

Randy Kirk “Shooter” Harvey II, 29, was sentenced Tuesday by United States District Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. Harvey pleaded guilty on April 25 to one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Harvey knowingly possessed two rounds of Fiocchi 9 mm ammunition, one round of Denel 9 mm ammunition, nine rounds of ZSR 9 mm ammunition, and a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic privately made pistol without a serial number. Harvey had the firearm holstered under his shirt along with the ammunition as he drove through Compton on May 26, 2021.

At the time Harvey illegally possessed the privately made firearm and ammunition, he previously had been convicted of two felonies in Los Angeles Superior Court – assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury in 2013, for which he was sentenced to two years in California state prison; and assault with a deadly weapon in 2016, for which he was sentenced to 208 days’ imprisonment.

The Gun Control Act (GCA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it unlawful for anyone convicted of crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year (felon) to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition.

“[Harvey’s] criminal history is extensive and violent,” prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum. “Many of [Harvey’s] prior reported crimes involved his severe and violent abuse of domestic partners…this criminal history indicates that [Harvey] has no misgivings about engaging in violence for financial gain from robbery victims or to assert control through force and fear over his intimate partners.”

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chou of the Central District of California prosecuted this case.

ATF recognizes the role privately made firearms play in violent crimes. ATF’s mission is to target armed violent offenders and career criminals, firearms traffickers, violent gang activity, and domestic and international arms traffickers. ATF investigates and recommends prosecution of these offenders to reduce the level of violent crime and to enhance public safety. ATF also strives to increase state and local awareness of available federal prosecution under federal statutes.

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