Man gets 27 months for selling guns without a license
By Chris Eger
An Idaho man was sentenced in federal court on Monday for dealing firearms without a license after he resold hundreds of guns in a three-year period.
Steven W. Clyne, 70, of Meridian, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison followed by a year of supervised release following a conviction handed down after a four-day jury trial earlier this year.
According to court documents and testimony, between January 2013 and November 2015, Clyne bought more than 200 and possibly as many as 400 firearms from area gun stores, filling out paperwork saying he was the actual buyer. He then resold the guns at a profit at Treasure Valley gun shows without performing a background check as he was a private seller.
A number of these sales were to undercover agents, with Clyne telling a buyer on July 22, 2015 that he would buy more pistols later that day for resale, going on to make a false statement on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Form 4473 that he was the actual buyer.
In a search warrant executed on Clyne’s residence in Meridian in November 2015, agents recovered 28 firearms as well as items that led them to believe he was engaged in