Georgia firearms dealer pleads guilty to unlawful machine gun sales

David Gould will serve 15 years in prison


BRUNSWICK, Ga. – A licensed firearms dealer from Savannah pleaded guilty in Brunswick to multiple charges related to unlawful sales of machine guns, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

The ATF received information that David Gould, 38, a licensed federal firearms dealer, was seeking to sell fully-automatic, untraceable machine guns for cash, according to court documents. 

The ATF conducted an undercover operation, during which Gould sold two fully automatic AR-15 .223 machine guns, the Department of Justice said. 

The sales occurred in Savannah and Brunswick. 

Unbeknownst to Gould, he sold the machine guns to an undercover police officer, authorities said. 

The DOJ said the machine guns sold by Gould were not registered, they did not have serial numbers and they were made and possessed in violation of the National Firearms Act. 

The National Firearms Act limits and regulates the possession of fully automatic weapons. 

In addition to machine guns, Gould also sold the undercover officer large quantities of marijuana on two separate occasions, according to the DOJ.  During each of the drug sales, Gould himself was armed, authorities said.

If his plea agreement with the Government is accepted by the Court, Gould will serve 15 years in prison.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

The case was investigated by the ATF, the GBI and the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office.

A booking photo for Gould was not available since this is a federal case.