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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of California
Phillip A. Talbert, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Shasta County Man Sentenced for Black Market Firearms Trafficking

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Brian Scheckla, 65, of Burney, was sentenced today to two years in prison for unlawful dealing in firearms, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, Scheckla traveled to gun shows buying guns only to turn around and sell them for a price markup on the black market. In 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives served Scheckla with a cease-and-desist letter, advising him that he was unlawfully selling guns without a license. Nevertheless, Scheckla continued to travel to 20 gun shows a year to sell guns in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho. Between March 2016 and February 2019, Scheckla purchased at least 77 guns from federally licensed firearms dealers. Ten of those firearms that have been recovered by law enforcement as part of criminal investigations in Manteca, Sacramento, Modesto, Vallejo, Elk Grove, Anderson, Ontario, and Rancho Cordova.

This case was the product of an investigation by the ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Lee prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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