A 73-year-old pawn shop owner in Batesburg-Leesville was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to six months in jail and three years’ probation for selling guns without a license. Henry Stokes lost his license to sell firearms in 2009 after 25 years in business. His federal firearms license was revoked earlier following a number of violations of federal gun laws. During a federal investigation, Moseley sold firearms to tow undercover agents at his pawn shop without requiring identification or completed the required gun transfer paperwork. In addition, in three instances, according to investigators, Moseley sold firearms to people not legally permitted to buy a gun without conducting the necessary criminal background checks or filing the required paperwork.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mosley sold one to two guns per week after losing his license.