Oklahoma City police arrested a convicted felon after he was accused of trying to sell a firearm at a gun show at State Fair Park.
Richard Carlton Britt, 49, of Mustang, was arrested Sunday on 10 complaints of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.
An off-duty police officer was working security at the gun show when he noticed a man acting strangely. The man brought in a firearm to sell and when the off-duty officer checked his information, the officer found the man was a convicted felon, according to the incident report.
When an officer asked Britt if he understood he was a convicted felon and could not be in possession of a firearm, he said, “Yea, I was only imprisoned for nine and a half months, and it was so long that I thought they had pardoned it.” The officer told Britt the only way he could have been pardoned is if he received a letter with the governor’s signature saying he had been pardoned, according to the report. Britt did not have such a letter.
Officers arrested Britt and found at least 15 other firearms and 33,000 rounds of ammunition at his Mustang home. The firearms were of 10 different calibers and included fully automatic assault rifles, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. One of the firearms was stolen.
Britt told officers he bought the weapons on the Internet and sold them at gun shows for a higher price, Nelson said.
“The investigation is continuing to see just how much and how many weapons Mr. Britt has sold in the past,” Nelson said. “This is just one example of one of the huge loopholes that are in the gun laws that allow convicted felons and persons that should not acquire firearms to buy and sell firearms at a gun show.”
Because the law does not require individuals to conduct background checks when buying or selling guns at a gun show or online, police assume instances like Britt’s happen more often than not.
Britt could face additional complaints regarding the claims of automatic weapon possession, Nelson said.
Britt was released from the Oklahoma County jail on Monday, a jail official said.
Britt was incarcerated in May 1985 on second-degree burglary and stolen property convictions and was released in October 1986, according to records from the state Corrections Department.