Pennsylvania Game News - July 2017 - 40
criminal conviction, which prohibited
him from possessing firearms, much less
trying to sell them.
The phone numbers listed on the ad
traced back to the subject and a known
associate, and at my request, an undercover officer was assigned to find out
more about what was being offered.
The undercover officer went to the
man's residence on Jan. 17. There were
all types of mounts in the home - small
game, waterfowl, turkeys and many, many
The man told the officer all of the
animals were killed in Pennsylvania, and
all but the full-body deer mount were for
sale. He suggested prices for many of the
mounts, including a turkey mount the
officer showed an interest in buying.
That mount would cost $450, the officer was told.
When the officer asked about the guns,
the man said he had more than 50 firearms
for sale, but all were kept at his father's
house. They made a trip there, with the
man warning the officer not to let any
neighbors see him with firearms.
In the basement of the home, the man
opened a safe and produced several long
guns, and he said he had some pistols he
wanted to sell, as well.
By the time the visit was over, the
undercover officer purchased the turkey
mount and a Browning shotgun for
On Feb. 11, the undercover officer
received a call from the man, who said he
now was selling a Ruger 45-caliber pistol
and a Remington Model 700 anniversaryedition rifle.
He also mentioned a 44-caliber handgun, but said he didn't want to sell it.
The officer arranged to meet the man
on Feb. 16, but said he would call on the
day of the meeting.
He called on a speaker phone as
another officer and I stood by.
The undercover officer told the man he
was interested in several of the firearms
he'd either seen previously or learned of
He also asked about the 44-caliber
pistol, though the man responded, "my
.44 is not for sale."
The man said he'd pick up the guns