Adam Joseph Bunger of Bowling Green has been sentenced to 24 months jail time for the illegal sale of firearms. He reportedly packed disassembled firearms inside electronics like DVD players, video game systems and computer equipment. At his sentencing hearing, Bunger called his behavior “idiotic and arrogant”. He added:
“I have made a grave mistake, and it will follow me for the rest of my life. I have affected everyone I know … because of my actions, I have disappointed my friends and have hurt the ones here with me in this very room.”
He was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after a recipient informed authorities that he bought a weapon from a site called Black Market Reloaded. Bunger used an online alias of “John Smith” for some of the shipments.
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Customers paid with bitcoins, further complicating the ability for authorities to track his activity. ATF Special Agent David Hayes said:
“Through some of the posts, (Bunger) branded himself as the person who could actually get a firearm shipped to other countries. He would bill himself as the person who could basically guarantee the firearm could get through.”
The shipments were made to counties like the UK, Sweden and Australia, which typically have stricter laws on firearms possession.