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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Northern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

October 26, 2012

Sean R. Berry, United States Attorney

Contact: Timothy Duax
(712) 255-6011

Sheldon Man Sentencced on Federal Firearms Charges

A man who dealt firearms without a license and traveled to multiple states to illegally deal firearms was sentenced in federal district court on October 26, 2012 in Sioux City.

Tony Hulstein, 62, from Sheldon, Iowa, was sentenced to three years probation, 150 hours of community service, and a $500 special assesment. Hulstein was also required to forfeit all firearms, three guns safes, and a trailer used to transport the firearms in interstate commerce.

The evidence at trial showed that Hulstein, over a period of about four and a half years, obtained and disposed of over 800 guns and was in possession of nearly 100 more at the time of his arrest. Hulstein also traveled to Michigan three times and Texas once to acquire firearms in furtherance of his unlicensed dealing.

The case was prosecuted by the United States Attroney‘s Office and was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Sheldon Police Department, and O‘Brien County Sheriff‘s Office.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 09-4028.