At the gun show last year, police watched Chavira walk over to a private vendor and purchase an Intratec 9 mm machine pistol with a high-capacity magazine, according to a police affidavit and the judge's findings.
Chavira later went to another booth and tried to buy a Glock, the records show. He was overheard saying to the gun dealer, “No paperwork, right?”
The dealer said paperwork was required because he was a federal firearms licensee. Chavira said, “Never mind,” and walked away, the records show.
Later, after looking at Uzis and a “Tommy gun,” the judge wrote, he bought a Glock pistol from another private vendor. “His purchase of the Glock required no paperwork. He did not get a receipt for the purchase,” the judge wrote. “He and his friend subsequently walked to another vendor and purchased a box of ammunition. Chavira paid for the ammunition in cash without getting a receipt or completing any paperwork.”
The judge described the Southside Locos as a gang with a long history of violent criminal activity in Oklahoma City.
Police reported smelling marijuana inside the pickup and finding a baggie of marijuana when officers arrested Chavira.
Oklahoma City's top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats, said Wednesday, “It is a priority of this office to work with law enforcement to keep firearms out of the hands of felons. … Anyone who is legally prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, including convicted felons, better think twice before doing so.”
Chavira's attorney, Michael Johnson, told The Oklahoman that Chavira is not violent but wanted guns for protection.
“There's absolutely no mechanism for people convicted of a felony to protect themselves. It's unfortunate,” he said.