Federal Jury Convicts Glenview Resident After Illegally Selling AR-15 “Ghost Gun” in Grocery Store Lot in Deerfield

AR-15 "Ghost Gun" in illegal sale in Deerfield (SOURCE: US Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois)
AR-15 “Ghost Gun” in illegal sale in Deerfield (SOURCE: US Attorney’s Office Northern District of Illinois).

CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted a man on a firearm charge for illegally selling a “ghost gun” to a convicted felon in a Chicago suburb.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday convicted Joseph Ghandour of illegally selling an AR-15 rifle to the felon during a meeting in a grocery store parking lot in Deerfield, Illinois, on July 28, 2017. The AR-15 rifle was considered a “ghost gun” because it contained no identifiable serial number and had been manufactured by another individual from parts collected from various sources. Ghandour was unaware that the felon to whom he sold the rifle was cooperating with law enforcement.

Ghandour, age 31, of Glenview, Illinois, was convicted of selling or disposing of a firearm to a convicted felon who could not lawfully possess a firearm. The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis scheduled sentencing for June 22, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

The conviction was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Albert Berry III and Chester Choi.

Assault weapons are banned in the Village of Deerfield. The Illinois Appellate Court (2d District) on December 7, 2020, reversed the ruling of the Lake County Circuit Court and found that the Village of Deerfield properly and lawfully adopted an ordinance banning assault weapons in the Village in 2018. The Appellate Court also vacated the permanent injunction against enforcement by Deerfield that was put in place by the Lake County Court.

Disrupting illegal firearms trafficking is a centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s cross-jurisdictional strike force aimed at reducing gun violence. As part of the Chicago firearms trafficking strike force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in the Northern District of Illinois and across the country to help stem the supply of illegally trafficked firearms and identify patterns, leads, and potential suspects in violent gun crimes.



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