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Burney man pleads guilty to illegal gun sales

A man pleaded guilty to illegal gun sales as court documents show he was selling them at a higher price on the black market.

Posted: Oct 27, 2021 3:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A man from Burney pleaded guilty to illegal gun sale on Tuesday, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.

According to court documents, 63-year-old Brian Scheckla went to gun shows to buy guns to turn around and sell them for a higher price on the black market.

In 2018, a cease and desist letter was served to Scheckla from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The letter advised him he was unlawfully selling guns without a license.

Scheckla traveled to 20 gun shows in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho, according to the Department of Justice.

Between March 2016 and February 2019, Scheckla bought at least 77 guns from federally licensed firearm dealers. Of those 77, 10 were recovered by law enforcement.

Scheckla is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 15, 2022, and faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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