THE SEARCH WARRANT AFFIDAVIT STATES SHIPLEY BOUGHT THE RECOVERED RIFLE BACK IN AUGUST OF 2007.
A WEEK LATER SHIPLEY ALLEGEDLY RESOLD THE GUN TO FORMER EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARMANDO RODRIGUEZ FOR MORE THAN EIGHT-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
RODRIGUEZ THEN ALLEGEDLY SOLD THE GUN TO SOMEONE IN MEXICO.
From a source helping defend Shipley:
The AUSA leaked the sealed (by the AUSA) Search Warrant to the local press the day before John was arraigned, and never notified the Defense Attorney.
Well isn't that interesting--and something else to look into. Also:Below I have cut from the regulation the definition for a fire arms dealer. You can see that a collector of firearms or a hobbyist is not required to obtain a license or maintain records of sales. So why is John Shipley being accused of being a dealer if he sold 50 weapons in three years and bought 53 weapons. Can a collector improve his collection? Can a collector buy a gun, shoot it and find out that it is not what he thought it was, sell it and buy something else? If you read the regulation there is no finite number that says if you sell ten guns you have to be a Federal Firearms Licensee. So if the regulation is vague, then do we allow the government to pick and choose who they want to prosecute? Does the word Selective Prosecution mean anything to you?
Why yes, it does. It's possible this agent is actually dirty; it's also possible he's a guy who bought and sold stuff for his personal collection, one of which he sold MAY have wound up in Mexico(according to the story, NOT from his hands), and the feds are playing games and wanting to hang him for publicity and example. And, unfortunately, we have reason to think the latter is quite possible; they've done crap like that before.
As Codrea says, more to learn about this.