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The Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago.
A 27-year-old resident of Malvern was charged in federal court in Chicago today after local law enforcement and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms uncovered his alleged sale of guns to illicit buyers, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois announced today.
Klint Kelley "is charged with three counts of dealing firearms without a license and across state lines, and one count of selling firearms to a known felon," the federal prosecutor's office said in a news release. It describes three occasions in which Kelley sold multiple weapons — a total of 12 handguns, eight semiautomatic rifles and one semiautomatic shotgun — for a total of $14,750 in cash.
However, Chicago police say Kelley trafficked hundreds of guns from Arkansas to Illinois over the past five years. The Chicago Tribune reports
that Kelley bought the weapons from gun shows and online:
At a news conference Tuesday at police headquarters, Riccio [chief of the Chicago police Bureau of Organized Crime] said those guns were sold to gang members mostly in the South Side's Back of the Yards neighborhood and the Southwest Side's Brighton Park neighborhood — where dozens of rifle shootings have occurred since early 2016. Riccio did not say, however, if any of the guns were directly connected to those shootings, though in answer to a reporter's question he said he believed Kelley to be "one of the main sources" for firearms being brought into those areas.
If convicted, Kelley could serve ten years in prison. The criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors states that he grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Arkansas several years ago.