FORT WAYNE – Steven Gagnon, 55, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to documents in this case, Gagnon was arrested after allegedly selling a weapon and discussing the sale of other weapons to a confidential informant (CI). He allegedly sold the CI a shotgun, ammunition and accessories for $600. During the transaction, he discussed the sale of other firearms and ammunition, which were subsequently seized by law enforcement during the execution of a search warrant. The weapons seized included a model 770, .300 caliber rifle; a model FNAR, .308 rifle; a model 20, .22 caliber rifle; and model M70A, 9mm handgun. The FNAR was listed in the complaint as an AR-10 military style rifle which had 10 boxes of ammunition, 3 high capacity magazines and 1 10-round magazine which were all loaded. There were also over 36 multiple boxes of various ammunition and various reloading equipment found during the search. Gagnon was convicted of a felony offense in December of 2015 in Allen County Superior Court.
“My office will continue to aggressively prosecute violations of federal firearms laws," says U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch of the Northern District of Indiana.
"Felons cannot possess firearms. This law is simple and straightforward. When felons do possess firearms, they will be prosecuted to [the] fullest extent permitted by law.”
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Indiana State Police and the Auburn Police Department and is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony W. Geller.