WICHITA, KAN. – A Butler County couple who ran a combined beauty shop and gun store have pleaded guilty to federal firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Jeffrey Eberhart, 51, Augusta, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of dealing firearms without a license. His wife, Tracey Eberhart, 42, Augusta., Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of failing to keep records of firearms transactions.
The Eberharts operated Traceys Dream Weavers Salon And Sporting Goods at 431 State Street in Augusta, Kan. The store advertised that it was "Where Beauty and Bullets Collide." In his plea, Jeffrey Eberhart admitted that he bought and sold hundreds of firearms at the store and at gun shows from Oct. 1, 2009, to Aug. 22, 2012. Throughout that time, he was not licensed as a federal firearms dealer because he was a previously convicted felon.
In her plea, Tracey Eberhart admitted that while she held a license as a federal firearms dealer she failed to keep records and make reports to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on at least 33 firearms transactions.
Sentencing is set for April 15. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of five years in federal prison for Jeffrey Eberhart and three years probation for Tracey Eberhart.
Grissom commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case.