Charlotte man pleads guilty to illegally selling assault weapons

Posted by Ana McKenzie on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Five days after Vice President Joe Biden encouraged a ban on assault weapons, a Charlotte man pleaded guilty to buying and illegally selling them at local gun shows.


Gun show employees tipped off authorities to Michael Beas, 33, after he purchased large amounts of AK-47s, according to the Charlotte Observer.

But the investigation is being held back because authorities don't have a way to track multiple assault weapon purchases. According to the story:

Even today, authorities don't know how many guns Beas bought and sold, or who he sold them to.

Beas apparently traveled to shows in Charlotte, Hickory, Atlanta, Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach. Authorities suspect he might have even smuggled some to Bolivia, his ex-wife's native country, though Beas denied such activity. He faces a maximum five-year sentence and $250,000 fine.

Read the Observer's story here.

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I for one am glad my competition has been taken off the streets.

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Posted by Eric Holder, US Attorney General on 01/30/2013 at 4:30 PM

As long as the NRA and all the lawful gun owners fight any effort to register and track guns there is no way to keep people like this from making a really good living selling them to people who cannot buy them in gun stores.

It is pointless to pass laws that prohibit certain people from possessing guns if no one keeps track of where the guns are and who is selling them.

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Posted by DLP on 01/30/2013 at 5:25 PM

All this gun control talk is such a total waste! Exactly what do you suggest we do with the millions of assault rifles already legally sold and out there? And, since it is totally legal to buy and sell guns between private citizens without any documentation how do they expect assault weapons to not find their way into the wrong hands anyway? So much attention goes into gun purchase legislation yet only a fraction of guns are sold at gun dealers shops! Many times that change hands on the LEGAL private market. Just enforce the laws on the books already and shut up Washington. By the way, what good is limiting clips to, say, 10 rounds - the bad guys will just use 2 clips, OR disable the plug mechanism, OR just buy pre ban clips.

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Posted by spicewood1 on 01/30/2013 at 9:20 PM


This is Creative Loafing's website - common sense is prohibited!

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Posted by Did Obama dronebomb your child today? on 02/01/2013 at 1:51 PM

Once again DLP, you expose your ignorance. We can't keep track of 10 million Illegals in our country. How in the hell do you expect Fed Gov to keep track of 300 million firearms?

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Posted by Common Sense on 02/04/2013 at 9:59 PM

The same way we keep track of 254 million automobiles. License, register, and insure with big penalties for operation outside the system.

Please notice that I didn't include a childish personal insult in my reply.

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Posted by DLP on 02/05/2013 at 6:57 AM

Wow, DLP, you really are clueless, aren't you? Do you know how many people are driving around without a license? With no insurance? With ILLEGAL licenses? And the Fed Gov doesn't do that, the States do that individually.

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Posted by Plain Truth on 02/05/2013 at 12:37 PM

What an odd argument. We can't ensure 100% compliance so there is no point in doing anything and anyone who disagrees is clueless and demonstrating their ignorance.

There is little to be gained by continuing this debate.

Yes I do know how many are driving without licenses. I have put many of them in jail, just as we should do with people who purchase guns outside the system.

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Posted by DLP on 02/05/2013 at 6:25 PM

Whoosh! Slam dunk, DLP!

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Posted by Brian, your savior on 02/06/2013 at 2:04 PM


How much compliance among the criminal class do you expect for your registration and tracking scheme?

Remember that a large percentage of the alcohol marketed during Prohibition was not stuff being brewed in illicit distilleries, but rather already-bottled booze that was in storage.

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Posted by From Your Cold Dead Brain on 02/07/2013 at 9:41 AM
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