Feds: LaGrange man trafficked firearms

Tyler H. Jones

August 29, 2014

A LaGrange man faces federal gun trafficking charges after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives raided a flea market in Dothan, Alabama.

David R. Loftin, 64, of LaGrange, is charged with selling guns to convicted felons and dealing firearms without a license, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in middle Alabama.

Under federal law, it is illegal to sell guns to convicted felons. It is also illegal for convicted felons to possess guns. Additionally, convicted felons are barred from possessing guns.

Nine other individuals were also swept up in the raid at Sadie’s Flea Market in Dothan, in which federal agents seized more than 200 firearms and 5,000 rounds of ammunition. Loftin was allegedly attempting to sell shot guns, rifles and pistols, said Clark Morris, a Justice Department spokesperson. Other defendants are also charge selling guns to convicted felons and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“ATF’s ‘Frontline’ strategy to reduce violent crimes includes the investigation of individuals who sell firearms to prohibited persons,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fulton said in a press release. “This investigation demonstrates the continued dedication to provide a safe environment for the public.”

Loftin has no prior convictions and is due for a trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on Oct. 6.

If convicted, Loftin could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release of up to three years.