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Gang member sentenced to prison after buying pistols at Oklahoma City gun show

A judge has ordered a gang member who is a felon to serve 46 months in federal prison for unlawful firearms possession after the man bought two semi-automatic pistols at an Oklahoma City gun show.
by Nolan Clay Modified: January 16, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: January 16, 2013

It was easy last March for Southside Locos gang member Jordan Abe Chavira to buy two semi-automatic pistols, despite his felony convictions.

He went to an Oklahoma City gun show.

There, he paid cash for the guns and ammunition without having to go through any kind of background check.

Police arrested him after he got into a pickup. Officers moved in on the pickup after Chavira and another male “began messing with the guns” and appeared to be loading one, one officer reported.

Last August, Chavira pleaded guilty in Oklahoma City federal court to unlawful possession of firearms.

Last week, a federal judge sentenced Chavira, now 23, to federal prison for 46 months.

“Only because of alert and diligent action by gang enforcement officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department was Chavira apprehended before he had an opportunity to continue his criminal career with the guns he bought for cash, with no paperwork, at the gun show,” U.S. District Judge Stephen P. Friot wrote.

The judge took the unusual step of putting his findings in writing. Federal prosecutors issued a news release Wednesday about the sentence.

The judge also wrote: “The sellers of these guns, having sold at a so-called ‘private sale' at the gun show, and having not been informed of Chavira's felony record, broke no laws in selling these weapons to Chavira.”

Sales of that type, though, would be changed under proposals announced Wednesday by President Barack Obama.

The president called on Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Chavira, of Oklahoma City, could not legally possess any guns because of his felony convictions. His criminal record includes a 2003 juvenile conviction for involvement in a drive-by shooting, reports show. He was caught twice in 2007 with a gun, according to court records.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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