SC man pleads guilty to illegal gun sales in NC

  • Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:22 a.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — A South Carolina man admits he sold dozens of powerful military-style rifles at gun shows and in hotel parking lots without requiring any paperwork or background checks.

Michael A. Beas of Greer, S.C., pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Charlotte to a felony count of dealing firearms without a license.


Prosecutors say a Charlotte gun store owner alerted federal officials in August after Beas legally purchased 13 semi-automatic AK-47 rifles over the Internet. Court records showed Beas admitted selling scores of high-powered weapons at gun shows in the Carolinas and Georgia, including parts for .50 caliber sniper rifles capable of piercing an inch of steel armor. He said he didn’t track who bought the guns.

Beas faces a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison.

Notice about comments:

Salisburypost.com is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Salisburypost.com cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Salisburypost.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.