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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri
Sayler A. Fleming, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 30, 2023

St. Charles County Man Admits Unlicensed Sales of Firearms

ST. LOUIS — A man from St. Charles County on Thursday admitted selling firearms without a license, including over 30 that were recovered at or after crimes.

Harry Trueblood, 69, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to one count of being an unlicensed firearms dealer.

As part of his plea, Trueblood admitted selling firearms to multiple customers of at least 15 gun shows from January 2021 through May 2023 despite never having been licensed to deal in firearms and even after being warned that he was committing a crime. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began investigating Trueblood after multiple guns recovered in unrelated crimes were traced back to him as the original purchaser. Trueblood sold AR-15-type pistols and handguns to undercover ATF agents before the ATF, on Feb. 1, sent him a cease-and-desist letter ordering him to stop dealing in firearms without a license. Trueblood continued to sell guns, his plea agreement says.

Agents found at least 250 bills of sale reflecting firearms sales and have traced at least 30 guns recovered in connection with crimes to Trueblood.

Trueblood is scheduled to be sentenced March 4, 2024.

ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Szczucinski is prosecuting the case.


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