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Date: 12-02-2022

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United States of America v. Charles Edward Palmatier

Case Number: 6:22-cr-00128

Judge: Paul G. Byron

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Orange County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Orlando, Florida criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with illegally importing and/or manufacturing firearms in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922A.

On July 28, 2021, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) met with Edward Palmatier, age 74, of Lake Helen, Florida, and explained that if he wanted to continue to sell firearms he would have to apply for a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Despite that meeting, Palmatier continued to sell firearms at the Volusia Flea Marked in Deland, Florida. The ATF, along with the Volusia Bureau of Investigation (VBI), began investigating Palmatier and conducted multiple controlled purchases from Palmatier at the Volusia Flea Market from February 2, 2022, through June 8, 2022. At least two of the firearms purchased from Palmatier were subsequently linked to usage in two separate crimes. Palmatier admitted that he would profit $50 to $75 per firearm that he sold.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Volusia Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beatriz Gonzalez.

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Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.

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