WICHITA – A Butler County couple who ran a combined beauty shop and gun store has been sentenced for federal firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Jeffrey Eberhart, 51, Augusta, was sentenced to five years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of dealing firearms without a license. His wife, Tracey Eberhart, 42, Augusta, was sentenced to three years on probation including six months house arrest. She 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. 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.
Grissom commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case. Other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the case include the Butler County Sheriff's Department, the Wichita Police Department, the Augusta Police Department, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Service.