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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

For Immediate Release

December 3, 2012

Bill Nettles, United States Attorney

Contact: Beth Drake, Public Information Officer
(803) 929-3000

Gaffney Man Pleads to Dealing in Firearms Business Without a License

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that David Hopper, age 59, of Gaffney, SC, has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Florence, to Unlawfully Engaging in the Business of Dealing in Firearms, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(a)(10(A). United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence accepted the plea and will impose sentence after he has reviewed the presentence report which will be prepared by the U.S. Probation Office.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that from July 2003 to June 2012, Hopper purchased and sold firearms without a federal firearms license. Hopper sold the firearms at various gun shows, including those held at the Florence Gun and Knife Show, Jamaal Temple Gun Show, and Chesnee Flea Market.

Mr. Nettles stated the maximum penalty Hopper can receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment for 5 years, plus a special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office handled the case.