Feds, Medford gun shop owner clash over automatic pistol

Federal agents argue that the business owner illegally acquired the pistol

Guns on sale at a Portland gun store. October 27, 2016, (KOIN)
Guns on sale at a Portland gun store. October 27, 2016, (KOIN)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – Federal officials are trying to seize a fully automatic pistol owned by a man who runs a Medford Guns R Us store.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports federal agents argue that the business owner illegally acquired the pistol by using an outdated letter from the former Josephine County sheriff.

Under the National Firearms Act, the transfer of machine guns manufactured after May 1986 requires documentation from the head of a law enforcement agency. The letter must be dated within one year of the application submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Federal firearms agents didn’t initially notice the letter had expired, allowing the gun shop owner to purchase the gun. Now the federal government is trying to seize the pistol through civil forfeiture.