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Duo indicted, accused of illegally obtaining dozens of guns in Dayton area

WHIO Dayton logo WHIO Dayton 2/7/2022

Two men are facing charges after they were accused of conspiring to illegally obtain more than three dozen guns.

Gabriel I. Johnson and Camren J. Edmondson are both federally charged with conspiracy.  If convicted, they could face up to five years in prison on the charge.

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Federal prosecutors said the two are accused of conspiring from approximately January 2018 to December 2020 in an effort to illegally obtain guns from federally licensed firearms dealers by “making false and fictitious written statements,” according to an indictment.

“It was an object of the conspiracy for the conspirators to illegally acquire, purchase, possess, use and otherwise traffic in firearms which had illicitly and fraudulently been acquired and purchased from FFLs through so-called ‘straw purchasers.’”

A straw purchase is when something, especially a firearm, is bought by one person on behalf of another who is legally unable to make the purchase themselves.

Johnson had previous felony convictions for aggravated possession of drugs and burglary.  He also has a pending case for failure to comply with police, according to court records.

As part of the conspiracy, prosecutors said Johnson solicited Edmonson to purchase guns on his behalf.

According to the indictment, Edmondson served as a ‘straw purchaser’ when buying guns from gun shops in Springfield, Tipp City, Huber Heights, Miami Twp. and West Mansfield.

GUN STORES PROSECUTORS SAID ILLEGAL PURCHASES WERE MADE:

  • RK Holdings LLP, 1476 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield
  • Wild Boar Guns, 9230 County Road 2, West Mansfield
  • Olde English Outfitters, 480 E. Ginghamsburg Road, Tipp City
  • Gander Outdoors, 8001 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights
  • Miami Armory, 8945 Kingsridge Drive, Miami Twp.

Edmonson is charged with 39 counts of making a false statement to purchase 39 guns at the various gun shops, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors said Edmonson lied on multiple ATF Form 4473s, which is the same form that Ethan Kollie lied on to purchase the gun used in the mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.

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Edmonson could face up to five years in prison for each count of making a false statement he is charged with if he gets convicted.

Neither man has made an initial appearance on the indicted charges in U.S. District Court, according to online records.

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