Former Danville gun shop owner sentenced to prison

Fred Pace fpace@civitasmedia.com

April 22, 2014

CHARLESTON — An owner of a Danville gun store where more than 800 firearms were seized in 2011 was sentenced to two years in prison back in September of 2013, along with three years supervised release and a $10,000 fine.

Kevin Wayne Britton is in prison at USP Big Sandy and his release date is scheduled for Nov. 24, 2015, according to U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the southern district of West Virginia Booth Goodwin.

Back in 2011, investigators said Britton has been selling guns without a valid federal license to do so, according to an affidavit to obtain a search warrant.

In the document, an ATF special agent says there’s another store involved in this too, but the investigation focused on Britton’s Gun and Pawn Shop in Danville.

Britton was found guilty of knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully, corruptly conceal objects, that is, firearms, with the intent to impair objects integrity and availability for use in an official proceeding, according to federal court documents.

“We thought it was a problem for the area, the things that were going on down there. So, we thought we had to do something about it,” Paul E. Cross, resident agent in charge for the ATF’s Charleston office, said at the time of the investigation.

Officials said Britton had agreed to give up his license to sell firearms a few years ago following another ATF investigation.

As part of that agreement, Britton was supposed to send his guns to a store in Chapmanville that could legally sell them.

“It didn’t quite happen the way it was supposed to,” Cross said.

Instead, the ATF claimed that Britton continued to sell guns at his Danville store.

“He would then use (the other store) as a place for his customers to complete the required ATF paperwork and to undergo a criminal background check,” the affidavit stated.

An employee at the other store told investigators “that she received a $25 transfer fee” each time that happened. Investigators said it happened at least 62 times.

“West Virginia has found itself to be the sore state for crime guns in the past and still today,” Goodwin said.ed to comment.