Man accused of supplying alleged trafficker with weapons from gun shows
BY FRANK MAIN Staff Reporter December 27, 2012 2:36PM
Updated: December 27, 2012 6:24PM
A south suburban man is accused of driving back and forth to gun shows in Indiana earlier this year to supply an alleged South Side firearms trafficker with dozens of weapons.
David Lewisbey, of South Holland, was charged in federal court with smuggling guns from Indiana to Illinois.
In late April, he traveled from Chicago to Crown Point, Ind., and Indianapolis — where gun shows were being held — before returning to Chicago to sell weapons to an illegal firearms dealer, authorities said.
Investigators spoke to a father and son from Indianapolis who acknowledged selling about 30 guns to Lewisbey in March and April at the Indianapolis 1500 Gun & Knife Show and in private deals.
They provided investigators with a receipt of one of their gun sales to Lewisbey, authorities said.
The father and son, who weren’t identified in court documents, told investigators they bought guns for the purpose of reselling them.
Neither has a federal license to sell guns but they haven’t been charged with any wrongdoing, officials said.
Under federal law, people “not engaged in the [gun] business” — or who only make an “occasional” sale — can sell firearms at gun shows and in private deals without having a federal license. They don’t have to conduct a background check, either.
Stores that sell guns, on the other hand, must have a federal license and perform background checks.
Gun-control activists have called the different licensing standards the “gun show loophole” and for years have urged Congress to close it.
Lewisbey is accused of supplying alleged Englewood gun dealer Levaine Tanksley with most, if not all, of the 43 guns Tanksley is accused of selling to a federal informant on April 22 and April 23. Almost all those weapons were handguns, authorities say.
On Wednesday, Lewisbey was ordered held without bail. Tanksley was charged earlier this year with being a felon in possession of firearms in the same case.
The investigation is being conducted by a task force that includes the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Chicago Police Department; and the Illinois State Police.