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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi
Darren J. LaMarca, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Monday, November 14, 2022

Meridian Man Sentenced to Prison for Possession of an Unregistered Short-Barreled Shotgun

Jackson, Miss. – A Meridian, Mississippi man was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison for possession of an unregistered short-barreled shotgun, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court documents, Edward Tyrone Walker, 43, possessed a shotgun which had a barrel of less than 18 inches in length that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Officers of the Meridian Police Department were conducting an unrelated investigation at a convenience store and discovered evidence showing that Walker had possession of a short-barreled shotgun. Walker was interviewed and admitted to possessing the shotgun. Further investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) revealed evidence that the short-barreled shotgun was not registered to Walker. Federal law requires such weapons to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The Meridian Police Department and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, 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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