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Gun dealer taken into custody

POSTED September 3, 2010 10:19 p.m.

A Modesto gun store owner was arrested Thursday on charges of illegal gun sales, including the unlawful transfers of unregistered silencers and a machine gun.

Robert John Ronning, 42, of Salida was arrested by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as part of a drug trafficking investigation that was launched in February 2009.

As part of the investigation, quantities of methamphetamine, machine guns, and assault weapons were purchased. It appeared that some of the firearms came from Ronning Arms Inc., in Modesto. Following the arrest of the initial targets of this investigation, an undercover agent and others were able to purchase two silencers, seven assault weapons, and a machine gun from Ronning at his place of business, in violation of federal law.

“Selling guns to unknown individuals, especially those without identification, is a dangerous business,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. “Guns trafficked back to Mexico help fuel the cartels and perpetuate the violence over the border. Licensees who hide behind their licenses to traffic in guns violate the trust that the government bestows upon them.”

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