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Saratoga County man sentenced for lying in attempt to buy firearm

Saratoga County man sentenced for lying in attempt to buy firearm

Jury found Michael Bramer knew he was the subject of an order of protection at time of attempted rifle purchase
Saratoga County man sentenced for lying in attempt to buy firearm
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ALBANY — Michael Bramer Jr., 32, of Saratoga County, was sentenced Monday to time served (42 days in jail) and three years of probation for lying to a licensed gun dealer while trying to buy a firearm.

A jury convicted Bramer after a two-day trial in August. Evidence presented during the trial established that, on Oct. 24, 2016, Bramer lied on a Federal Firearm Transaction Record – also known as an ATF Form 4473 – as he was trying to buy a Savage .243 Axis rifle. 

When asked on the ATF Form 4473 whether he was “subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening . . . an intimate partner?” Bramer responded “No.”  

The jury found Bramer knew he was subject to such a court order when, 11 days earlier, on Oct. 13, 2016, he appeared in Malta Town Court and was issued a temporary order of protection, that directed him to refrain from assaulting, harassing, stalking, threatening and committing any criminal offense against an intimate partner, which was signed by both Bramer and the judge. 

Bramer's sentence was announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and ATF Special Agent Ashan M. Benedict.

At sentencing, Senior U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe found Bramer demonstrated he intended to use the firearm solely for lawful sporting purposes.

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