NM gun shop owner, parents enter pleas in fed case

January 7, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Hobbs gun shop owner and his parents have pleaded guilty to violations of federal firearms laws.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Carlos Jonathan [auth] Cruz, 60-year-old Carlos Carlon Cruz and 56-year-old Norma M. Cruz entered their pleas Tuesday.

Carlos Jonathan Cruz is the owner of Hobbs Satellite Company Guns & Ammo.

Prosecutors say the trio twice made false statements in the acquisition of firearms by a person acting as a “straw purchaser” and buying firearms on behalf of others last April.

Carlos Jonathan Cruz also was accused of unlawfully selling thousands of rounds of ammunition, possessing an unregistered sawed-off shot gun and possessing firearms with obliterated serial numbers.

Prosecutors say plea agreements require Cruz and his parents to serve prison time and forfeit about 165 firearms and some 25,000 rounds of ammunition.

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