Augusta couple who ran beauty salon-gun store charged with firearms violations

08/22/2012 5:00 AM

08/05/2014 11:12 PM

An Augusta couple who ran a combined beauty shop and gun store was charged Wednesday with federal firearms violations.

Tracey Eberhart, 41, and her husband, Jeffrey Eberhart, 50, were charged in a criminal complaint in a federal court in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Jeffrey Eberhart was charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of dealing in firearms without a license. Tracey Eberhart was charged with one count of aiding a felon in possessing firearms and ammunition and one count of providing firearms and ammunition to a convicted felon.

The website for the couple’s business uses the slogan “Where Beauty and Bullets Collide.”

According to an agent’s affidavit, Tracey Eberhart obtained a federal license as a dealer of firearms when she opened Tracey’s Dream Weavers Salon and Sporting Goods in Augusta. She told an investigator her intention was to cater the firearms business to women.

During the application process, she made no mention of her husband, Jeffrey Eberhart. Because of prior felony convictions, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition. Eberhart was convicted of arson in Oklahoma in 1982 and of a felon possessing a firearm in Nevada in 1991.

On Jan. 20, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives attended a gun show in Topeka, where they saw Jeffrey Eberhart selling firearms at the Dream Weavers booth.

He was wearing a Dream Weavers T-shirt and was heard talking to buyers about guns and laser scopes. Eberhart explained to an undercover agent that his wife and female employees sold guns during the week while he and another man sold firearms at gun shows on weekends. Later, ATF agents purchased ammunition and guns from Jeffrey Eberhart, both at the storefront in Augusta and at gun shows.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry these penalties:

• Aiding a felon in possession of a firearm: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
•  Providing firearms and ammunition to a felon: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
•  Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
•  Dealing in firearms without a license: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

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