(ELLETTSVILLE) - 63-year-old Donald Mullendore, of Ellettsville, who was selling weapons to felons and refusing to complete required federal paperwork and background checks, has plead guilty to one count of transferring a firearm to a convicted felon.
Mullendore, was charged in July 2011 with 10 counts of illegally selling firearms when federal agents raided his store, Mullendore Guns, near Ellettsville's Village Inn restaurant. He has agreed to plead guilty to the one count and the other nine charges are being dismissed through a plea agreement.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were tipped off to the illegal sale of weapons in June 2010 and began investigating. ATF agents seized the store's entire inventory of firearms and ammunition and closed the store.
Hogsett says undercover officers and a confidential informant bought seven guns from Mullendore and that he didn't require them to fill out necessary paperwork to legally purchase the guns or conduct a required criminal history background check.
Hogsett says four of the firearms were sold to the informant after Mullendore was told the informant was a convicted felon.
Mullendore told the informant that he didn't believe in paperwork because "all you are doing is telling the government where you got your guns."
Mullendore also told the informant that he believes everyone should own a machine gun.
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