Gun shop owner sentenced to federal prison for illegal gun sales


A former Grants Pass gun shop owner sentenced to two years in federal prison.

The United States District Court says, Wilson Lee Clow Jr. sold high caliber handguns to a known felon and falsified the paperwork related to the sale.

The court also says Clow sold firearms from his private collection to avoid federal paperwork while maintaining a list of guns for other felons who might buy them.

“Federally licensed firearms dealers are expected to be a first line of defense in preventing guns from reaching the hands of criminals,” said Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “This sentence sends a message that gun dealers who violate the law and fail to uphold their duties to the community will be arrested, prosecuted and held accountable for their actions.”

Clow also faces three years of supervised release after he serves two years in prison.

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