Cobb gun dealer gets prison time for selling to traffickers

The man was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release.
The man was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release.

He had a license to sell guns. But a Cobb County man allowed people to buy guns for criminals, according to federal investigators.

Guns sold at Christopher Koninsky’s business, Team 88 Enterprises, were then trafficked to several states outside Georgia, U.S. Attorney BJay Pak said Tuesday. Koninsky, 52, was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release, Pak’s office said.

“Licensed gun dealers have the responsibility to follow the laws and regulations that govern the privilege of selling guns,” Pak said in an emailed statement. “That includes preventing straw purchases from occurring and running background checks on the real buyers of the firearms they sell. Koninsky violated the trust invested in him and placed the community in grave danger when he allowed gun traffickers to acquire guns.”

Koninsky ran a background check on a prospective buyer, according to prosecutors. But when he learned there was something that prevented him from selling to the would-be buyer, Koninsky allowed someone else to complete the paperwork to buy the firearm.

Koninsky was indicted on federal charges and arrested in December 2018, court records showed. He was later released on $50,000 bond. In May, he pleaded guilty to selling firearms to unauthorized people.

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