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Manassas woman to serve 18 months for illegally selling handguns

A Mansassas woman was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison for buying 31 firearms with the intention of selling them for profit.

Kimberly Yvette Dinkins, 44, will follow her prison sentence with two years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to court documents, Dinkins, who was not a federally licensed firearms dealer, purchased 31 handguns on three consecutive weekends from Nov. 17 through Dec. 1, 2012. She purchased the firearms at three gun shows in Chantilly, Richmond and Hampton.

The firearms bought and sold by Dinkins were eventually recovered from juveniles and felons who used the weapons during drug trafficking schemes, according to court documents.

Specifically, on Nov. 30, 2012, law enforcement in Prince George’s County, Md., recovered one of the firearms from a 20-year-old Maryland man during a narcotics investigation. On Dec. 12, 2012, they recovered a second firearm bought and sold by Dinkins from a 19-year-old Maryland man, again during a narcotics investigation. Both Maryland men have pleaded guilty to possession of firearms-related charges.
Comments

@fedup
Guess I wasn’t aware of what a “straw buyer” is… will look into it.
@Scarlet
The article only mentioned two guns being recovered, perhaps I didn’t interpret it correctly. Even still, not sure what point you are trying to get to?? That it was ok somehow?


“Who knows when one of these weapons will turn up in a homicide.”

@James Franco - Did you not read the article?

FTA:  “The firearms bought and sold by Dinkins were eventually recovered from juveniles and felons who used the weapons during drug trafficking schemes, according to court documents.”


Frank Jameso

Thing is this sort of thing is rare, most thugs get a guy by having a friend or family member buy a gun in a gun shop for them. Private sales at a gunshow or not are like 1% of crime guns where straw buyers in a gun shop are 40-50% of the illegal gun market and stolen guns are 10%.

The Post did a report on Guns in America in 2011 and every story the felon got a gun via a woman they were dating who lived in MD, they went together to relco guns in PG and he picked out the gun and she did the BG check and buying. That is the larger problem at hand. Then DC let everyone of these women off the hook for there testimony. Sigh.


@fedup
Totally agree, I bet she’s doing less time than the juveniles she sold them to (albeit they have narco charges). This is a prime example of the gun show loophole being exploited. Who knows when one of these weapons will turn up in a homicide.


18 months that is it? She was straw buying and reselling to criminals some of whom were under age. She should be doing hard time.


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