Gun store, employees charged with improper record keeping

An Atlanta-area firearms dealer, store and employees have been charged with federal firearms violations related to employees selling guns to felons and improper record keeping.

According to a Justice Department news release, Dawn Anderson, also known as Prestige, and Distincvision, LLC, doing business as Liquidation Outlet Center, have been charged with keeping improper records.

Employees Ashlie Onyedika and Shawn Lewis, as well as LOC, have been charged with selling firearms to a convicted felon.

“Anderson is charged with failing to keep proper records of firearm sales while clerks in her store sold guns to a convicted felon,” said John Horn, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. “Firearms dealers who disregard laws governing the sale of firearms violate their obligation to keep guns out of the hands of felons and present a threat to the safety of the community.”

“ATF’s mission and priority is to deny criminals access to firearms and protect the rights of law-abiding citizens. Several employees of the Liquidation Outlet Center violated federal law by selling firearms to a convicted felon. ATF takes this crime very seriously, and the perpetrators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” said Wayne Dixie, special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Division.

The indictment alleges LOC clerks Onyedika and Lewis knowingly sold two guns to a convicted felon at LOC on June 30, 2016 and August 4, 2016.

Anderson, the owner of LOC, has been charged for allegedly failing properly document the sale of a pistol on Dec. 2, 2016. Anderson allegedly did not record the buyer’s name, age, and residence, as required by law.

All the defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury on May 9 and were arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judges Linda T. Walker and Catherine M. Salinas.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the case.