Oregon gun shop owner gets 2 years for selling firearms to felon
By Jennifer Cruz
A federal court sentenced the former owner of an Oregon gun shop to two years in prison for selling guns to a convicted felon, the Justice Department said last week.
A jury convicted Wilson Lee Clow, Jr., 68, of Grants Pass, Oregon, last June on three counts of selling a firearm to a felon and two counts of making false statements.
The Justice Department indicted Clow in 2012 after he knowingly sold guns to a convicted felon on multiple occasions and even opted to sidestep the legal process to do so, according to court documents. At the time, Clow was a Federal Firearms Licensee and owned and operated 2nd Amendment Guns with his wife.
During the transactions, the ATF informant told Clow that he was a convicted felon and would not pass the background check required to buy a gun. Instead of turning him away, Clow lied on ATF forms, then told the man that if law enforcement caught him with the guns that he should tell them he bought them at a garage sale.
Clow also sold guns from his private collection in an effort to avoid ATF paperwork and kept a running list of firearms he had available for purchase for other