Waynesboro man accused of providing weapons to felons

Waynesboro man accused of providing weapons to felons

WAYNESBORO, GA (WFXG) - A local gun shop owner is accused of providing weapons to a convicted felon and sending guns over state lines.

William Debow, owner of The Ponderosa Trading Company, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 28 counts of knowingly transferring a firearm to a convicted felon and with 10 counts of illegally transferring a handgun to out-of-state residents.

But Debow said that since he's opened four years ago, he's followed the law and he's not guilty.

Debow also said he's sold more than 10,000 guns to people across the CSRA since he opened up shop four years ago, and not once did he purposely sell to someone who was a convicted felon.

David Blanchard, a supporter of gun rights and of local businesses, said he hopes the accusations are false.

"As soon as I heard about it, I hope its not true, like I said, they're good people up there," Blanchard said. "I'm for gun rights, but it's too much going on to be selling guns to convicted felons."

Blanchard is a father to three girls, and the idea of anyone providing weapons to convicted felons in the area is alarming.

"If they want them bad enough, they'll get them," he said, "but they shouldn't be able to go into a gun shop and buy them."

If Debow is found guilty, he could be facing a 15-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000 for each count.

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