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Española gun store owner pleads guilty to illegal sales

SANTA FE, N.M. — The owner of an Española gun store pleaded guilty Thursday to numerous violations of federal firearms laws, including selling firearms to felons and minors and falsification of firearm transfer records at gun shows.

Robert Real, 56, owner of Shooter’s Outpost, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. He also pleaded guilty in Albuquerque federal court to falsifying firearm transfer records and making false statements to federal agents.

Rael was charged in October along with his wife Linda Real, 65, and stepdaughter Crystal Johnson.

In entering the guilty plea, Real admitted he had attended gun shows around New Mexico and had sold firearms and instructed his wife and stepdaughter to sell guns without required background checks; falsified records of sale to say the gun sales had taken place after a three-day standard delay period; sold firearms to convicted felons; and transferred firearms other than shotguns or rifles to persons under 21.

Linda Real and Johnson have both entered not guilty pleas