New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges
CONCORD, NH—Johnathon Irish, 28, of Brentwood, New Hampshire, has entered a guilty plea in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to one count of aiding and abetting the making of a material false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, and one count of lying to a federal law enforcement agent, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
In February 2013, Irish was interviewed by a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, pursuant to an open FBI investigation into Irish’s firearms activities. During that interview, when asked about the status of his personal firearms, Irish falsely stated that he had sold all of his firearms to a friend, when they had in fact been concealed from authorities. Several months later, in September of 2013, Irish instructed another individual to purchase a firearm for him in that individual’s name, thereby circumventing the legally required background check. Irish will be detained pending sentencing, which is presently scheduled for February 23, 2015.
This prosecution arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Brentwood Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, John P. Kacavas, and Assistant United States Attorney Nick Abramson.