Savannah man pleads guilty to selling illegal machine guns

A licensed firearms dealer from Savannah pled guilty Friday to multiple charges relating to unlawful sales of machine guns.

According to court documents and statements made in court, the ATF received information that David Gould, 38, was selling fully-automatic, untraceable machine guns for cash.  The ATF conducted an undercover operation, during which Gould sold two fully automatic AR-15 .223 machine guns.  The sales occurred in Savannah and Brunswick.  The machine guns sold by Gould were not registered; they did not have serial numbers; and they were made and possessed in violation of the National Firearms Act.

The National Firearms Act limits and regulates the possession of fully automatic weapons.  In addition to machine guns, Gould also sold the undercover officer large quantities of marijuana on two separate occasions.  During each of the drug sales, Gould himself was armed.

If his plea agreement with the Government is accepted by the Court, Gould will serve 15 years in prison.

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