Gun shop owner pleads guilty to federal firearm violation

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

July 8, 2014 at 2:08 a.m.
Updated July 9, 2014 at 2:09 a.m.

A Victoria gun shop owner pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to possessing an unregistered firearm.

Garrett Vincent Riedesel, 25, is expected to be sentenced Oct. 6.

Riedesel faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Riedesel owned Garrett's Gun Vault, which is now closed.

The store, also known as Double D Gun Shop, 3303 N. Navarro St., No. A., was raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on March 13, during which agents seized 117 firearms.

Nito Cavazos, 33, had an AR-15 on layaway at the Double D Gun Shop and had put $600 down.

"I haven't heard anything about it whatsoever," Cavazos said Tuesday. "I'm just considering it a loss."

He and Victoria resident Kyndell Brandt, who brought his .50-caliber Beowulf and MG42 rifle in to be sent to the manufacturer for repairs, were surprised to hear the case had been resolved.

Brandt filled out paperwork to get his guns back, and described the process as a "waiting game."

Nicole Strong, a senior special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said it's possible none of the guns have been returned because the bureau may only do so after Riedesel exhausts his appeal options.

Customers whose firearms were seized should call 361-887-2400.

A receipt for the firearm will be proof of ownership. If the receipt was lost, the store where the gun was purchased must print a duplicate receipt, Strong said.

"We want to return them to the rightful owners, and if we can't, we destroy them because we're not in the business of selling guns," she said.

In federal court Tuesday, Riedesel accepted a plea deal, agreeing not to appeal his conviction, according to court documents.

He admitted to possessing a Remington Model 870, a 12-gauge shotgun, which had between a 7- to 15-inch barrel length.

Riedesel was indicted on charges of possessing three other firearms - a Savage Arms (Stevens) Model 940D 20-gauge shotgun bearing no serial number with a 9-inch barrel, a Winchester Model 1200 20-gauge shotgun with a 13-inch barrel and a Marlin Firearms Glenfield Model 30 .30-30-caliber rifle with a 131/4-inch barrel.

Riedesel did not admit to possessing those three firearms, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Angela Dodge wrote in an email.

A check of the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record revealed the Remington Model 870 was not registered to him, according to the news release.

Riedesel's attorney, Ysidro Arismendez III, of Beeville, declined to comment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Patti Hubert Booth prosecuted the case.



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