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An Augusta couple has been charged with federal firearms violations for selling guns at their beauty salon.
Tracey Eberhart, 41, filed for a license to sell guns at Traceys Dream Weavers Salon and Sporting Goods in Augusta. Tracey said her intention was to cater to women. Her husband, Jeffrey, 50, was not allowed to sell firearms due to prior felony convictions, and was not included in the application process.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives saw Jeffrey selling firearms at the Dream Weavers booth at a gun show on Jan. 20. He was wearing a Dream Weavers T-shirt.
Jeffrey told an undercover agent that his Tracey and other female employees sold guns during the week, while himself and another man sold at weekend gun shows. Agents later bought ammunition and guns from Jeffrey at gun shows and at Dream Weavers.
Jeffrey is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, as well as one count of dealing in firearms without a license.
The unlawful possession charge could carry a conviction of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The charge of dealing firearms without a license also has a fine up to $250,000, as well as a five-year maximum penalty.
Tracey faces one count of aiding a felon in possessing firearms and ammunition, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. She also is charged with one count of providing firearms and ammunition to a convicted felon - a maximum 10-year federal prison stint and a $250,000 fine.
Along with the ATF bureau, the Wichita Police Department, Augusta Police Department, Butler County Sheriff's Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service aided with the case.