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Strip Club Owner Sentenced For Illegal Firearms

Posted: Apr 11, 2013 5:01 PM by KOMU Staff

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JEFFERSON CITY - Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the former owner of a strip club in Sunrise Beach, Mo., was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing 31 firearms.

Jimmy Duane Davis, 57, of Sunrise Beach, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan to two years and six months in federal prison without parole. Davis was the owner of the now-defunct Eclipse Gentleman's Club.

On July 24, 2012, Davis pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

Federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Davis's residence and neighboring business on Aug. 19, 2010 after receiving a report that Davis was in possession of firearms. A gun safe in the basement contained 30 shotguns, rifles and handguns. Agents also observed numerous rounds of ammunition around the room, and a Springfield Armory 9 mm semi-automatic pistol in a case on top of the gun safe. In addition, five shotgun shells were found in an upstairs bedroom.

According to his plea agreement, Davis purchased 12 firearms-specific hunting permits between 2006 and 2009.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Davis has two prior felony convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine and a prior felony conviction for selling marijuana.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lynn. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and IRS-Criminal Investigation.

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