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Bowling Green man sentenced 24 months for international firearms shipping

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Firearms were secreted inside video game systems for shipment to foreign addresses

  BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green, Kentucky, man was sentenced in United States District Court yesterday, to 24 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release for exporting firearms from the United States announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Adam Bunger, age 34, pleaded guilty to a four-count federal Indictment on March 5, 2014 in Bowling Green before Chief United States District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr.  According to the plea agreement, between June 13, 2013, and August 8, 2013, Bunger knowingly exported and sent firearms from the United States.  He did so contrary to the laws and regulations of the United States.  Specifically, he placed in the United States Mail a number of parcels that included firearms that had been hidden inside videogame systems.  He shipped the firearms to Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  Two of the firearms shipped in foreign commerce had the manufacturer’s serial number removed, obliterated, and altered.

Bunger was not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of firearms.  Nevertheless, he willfully engaged in the business of dealing in firearms.  In the course of that conduct, he shipped and transported firearms in foreign commerce as specified above.  He also knowingly and willfully delivered packages to a common or contract carrier for transportation and shipment in foreign commerce.  The persons receiving the shipments from Bunger were not licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, or licensed collectors of firearms.  Additionally, Bunger did not provide written notice to the carrier that the packages contained firearms or ammunition.

According to an Affidavit attached to a Criminal Complaint, Australian Federal Police contacted a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on July 8, 2013, after a forensic examination of a parcel shipped from Bowling Green, Kentucky, revealed two empty magazines, gun parts and a Modelo Super 9mm pistol inside an Xbox game system’s interior cavity. The gun sale was made through a website -- Black Market Reloaded.  On July 18, 2013, two international packages were seized from the Bowling Green Post Office and a search warrant revealed a disassembled, Uzi-style pistol having an obliterated serial number contained inside a hollow Xbox console, addressed to an individual in the United Kingdom. The second international package, addressed to an individual in Australia, contained firearm parts for an assault rifle which were concealed inside a DVD player. On August 9, 2013, a federal search warrant was obtained and executed on the other international package seized from the U.S. Post Office branch in Bowling Green. The package, addressed to an individual in Sweden, contained a disassembled Taurus .22 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number and magazine. The firearm was contained inside a metal computer switching power supply box. Two postal clerks identified the defendant, Adam Bunger, as the individual who attempted to ship the international packages.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless is prosecuted the case.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police, and with the assistance of the United States Postal Inspection Service, conducted the investigation.