Convicted felon arrested for illegal gun show purchases

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OKLAHOMA CITY—A 22-year-old convicted felon is back behind bars after he was found with a firearm that was purchased at a local gun show.

Jordan Abe Chavira will serve 46 months in prison for unlawful possession of firearms as a prior convicted felon.

“It is a priority of this office to work with law enforcement to keep firearms out of the hands of felons,” said U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats. “The defendant, a convicted felon, was able to purchase two semiautomatic firearms and ammunition at a local gun show without the necessity of a background check.”

Fortunately, Coats said Oklahoma City police officers were in the right place at the right time.

Officers were participating in a surveillance of a gun show in Oklahoma City. During the show, officers overheard Chavira approach a vendor and say, “no paperwork right.”

After the dealer stated that paperwork was required, Chavira walked away and did not purchase anything from that dealer.

At another booth, officers watched Chavira purchase a semiautomatic machine pistol with a high-capacity magazine.

He also purchased a Glock 40-caliber semiautomatic handgun from another vendor and ammunition from a different booth.

Each of those purchases was made with cash and without any receipts or other paperwork.

Chavira is a convicted felon and former member of the Southside Locos, a gang with a long history of violent criminal activity.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve 46 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.