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Safe Shot Manager Accused of Selling Illegal Guns

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James Harwin, general manager of Safe Shot Shooting Range in Reno, remains in jail after a detention hearing on Tuesday. He's accused of selling several guns including machine guns, without doing background checks and altering the serial numbers on some of those weapons.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William Cobb said even though Harwin has been stripped of his weapons and access to the store, he presents a clear and present danger to the community - and for that reason, he remains behind bars.

According to a federal affidavit, undercover agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms first met Harwin at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center during a gun show on March 22nd. They asked Harwin about buying firearms, and he allegedly told them quote: "They're great prices already and you're not paying tax or Brady (referring to the federal background check) or any of that kind of (expletive)--"

Investigators say Harwin sold them four weapons at the convention. Then on April 17th two agents met him again at Safe Shot. According to the
affidavit, Harwin sold the agents three more guns for $5,000, behind the store as a private party sale.

ATF agents say they also bought a machine gun from Harwin on May 2nd along with three pistols for $10,000. They say the serial number on the machine gun was obliterated.

Finally, last Thursday agents say Harwin sold four machine guns to them for nearly $30,000. He was arrested after a traffic stop.

Last Friday at the federal courthouse in downtown Reno, Harwin told the court he had a few weapons inside of his home, but when law enforcement raided the property hours later, they found more than 60 guns along with a variety of weapon parts. The defense argued Harwin was in a delusional state because he didn't have the right pain medication, thus the inaccurate number.

Agents also found 9 weapons in a storage unit in south Reno.

Prosecutors also say on May 21st, Harwin transferred 75 handguns from Safe Shot to himself. And as of now, those guns are unaccounted for.
Prosecutors believe some of the firearms Harwin sold may have ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Agents believe Safe Shot - as a store - did nothing wrong.

Harwin's next hearing is set for June 12th, unless a grand jury indicts him beforehand.

Written by Landon Miller
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