2-15-05 - A judge denied the requested release of a Gainesville pawn shop owner today. 44-year old Timothy Ware King is accused of selling firearms to convicted felons.
Federal investigators say he ran a "straw-man" operation. In all, ATF agents traced 17 guns used in crimes back to his pawn shop. Agents say they have video evidence of two recent sales - made in undercover stings.
They also confiscated a silencer and an illegal shotgun from his shop and home last week.
The judge did not feel King was a flight risk but he did detain him because King had unregistered weapons, which is a crime of violence.
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