Loading...
 

Tough lesson in gun buying

When Amaya Hanshaw graduated from Avondale High School in 2001, she joined the Air Force under the GI Bill so she could pay for college. Hanshaw completed basic training in Biloxi, Miss. In 2002, she was transferred to the Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas.

Hanshaw was honorably discharged this spring and is now entitled to $1,000 monthly from the government to help earn a college degree. She hopes to start studying health care administration at Georgia State University in January. But instead, the 21-year-old from Norcross might be starting a prison sentence.

Shortly after Hanshaw was transferred to the Texas base, she became friendly with her neighbor, Chaddrick Williams. In early 2002, Hanshaw and Williams went on their first date. A year later, they had a son.

While Hanshaw was pregnant, Williams was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents. He received nine years of probation and was dishonorably discharged from the Navy.

From then on, the couple's relationship was rocky, though Hanshaw did try to bring their son to visit Williams every week.

Hanshaw says that in early 2004, Williams asked her to help him buy a gun. She says he explained that he was ineligible because he was on probation, but that he and his roommates were in some trouble and wanted a gun to "flash."

Although she refused at first, Hanshaw says she was convinced when Williams told her, "If I die, it'll be your fault because I didn't even have protection."

The two went to a local pawnshop and Hanshaw purchased two pistols in her name. The guns went home with Williams. Hanshaw says she didn't realize that buying a gun for someone who's barred from owning one is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Yet at the time of purchase, she signed a federal form that states, in bold: "Warning. You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person." Two pages later, the form specifies that someone can buy a firearm as a gift for another person, but not for someone who's federally prohibited from carrying one.

A few months later, Williams robbed a bank on the Goodfellow base with one of the guns Hanshaw purchased. That afternoon, the FBI called to ask Hanshaw to come to the base for questioning. When Hanshaw arrived, she was read her Miranda rights.

Her public defender says she has two options: She could plead guilty and hope to serve a year or less in prison, or she could plead not guilty and face conspiracy charges, which carry an even longer sentence.

The irony is that under current federal regulations, Williams likely could have purchased a gun himself from a private seller at one of the 400 gun shows that take place in Texas yearly. The federal law exempts certain gun show sellers from requiring buyers to fill out the form that Hanshaw did.

Hanshaw will enter her plea in federal court in Texas on July 28.??



More By This Writer

Article

Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Amount Congress gave Delta Air Lines immediately following 9/11.............................................. $528 million

Total amount Congress gave five airlines at the time........................................................$1.5 billion

Number of airlines, including Delta, to file for bankruptcy protections since 9/11................................. 4

Number of months between Delta's...

| more...

Article

Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
In cities like New York, the subway is the place where the public stands shoulder to shoulder and shares its workday gripes. Not so in Atlanta, where the closest most commuters come to camaraderie is bumper-to-bumper traffic. Feel like there's no common ground? Enter blogwise.com. The site is a kind of virtual subway, where blogs of metro Atlantans come together to bitch, moan and reach an... | more...

Article

Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Before I even got to the luggage carousel in Paris last month, I saw the writing on the wall: Paris 2012. The heart-shaped logo was everywhere. Most buildings in Paris have substantial Olympic signs, from the L'Assamble National down to the smallest croissanterie. Even lights on bridges along the Seine have been changed to green, yellow, red and blue to resemble Olympic rings.

OK, I thought....

| more...

Article

Wednesday May 18, 2005 12:04 am EDT
hurting for work | more...

Article

Wednesday May 4, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Last week, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that a state law that made obscene phone calls illegal was unconstitutional. The court's decision concerned the case of Anthony McKenzie, who in 2003 was 17 and serving time at Forsyth County Jail for a probation violation on a previous statutory rape conviction. From tapes of phone conversations he made from the jail to a 14-year-old girl he'd met in... | more...
Search for more by Rebecca Ford

[Admin link: Tough lesson in gun buying]

Spider for Tough lesson in gun buying