Feds Bring Illegal Gun Charges Against 23 in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN - Federal authorities in Memphis have charged 23 people with illegal firearm sales.

The charges come from investigations involving various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

Authorities say the investigations led to the seizure of more than 500 firearms, including rifles, pistols and shotguns.

The charges cover a variety of alleged violations of federal firearm laws including possession of firearms by felons, gun sales to felons, unlicensed gun sales and the sale of restricted firearms such as short-barreled shotguns.

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