Gun shop owner banned from business
MOBILE, Ala. - A well known local gun dealer is out of business, for now. Larry McCoy is facing felony charges, after authorities said he sold firearms illegally.
It's a follow-up to a story FOX10 broke in August 2009.
Since his arrest, McCoy's wife had been running the business on Pleasant Valley Road. A lot has changed in the past month.
At one point Larry's Gun Shop was one of the busiest stores in Mobile. All that has changed, since Larry McCoy was indicted by a federal grand jury.
"This is an attempt to close down gun shops," said McCoy's attorney, Robert Clark.
Clark said the charges brought against his client are false. McCoy is accused of one count of transferring a firearm to a prohibited person, four counts of sale and delivery of firearms without making required records, and four counts of making a false entry in records.
"It's not true. They've got videotapes of all the transactions they're complaining about. If you saw the tapes, you could make up your mind, and that's what the jury will be able to do," he added.
Clark said as a condition of McCoy's release, he was ordered not to be around guns. In turn, his business took a big hit.
"You can't be in the gun business if you can't order any guns. He can't order any, and his wife can't order any in his behalf. So it has basically put him out of business, when they said he couldn't operate the gun store," said Clark.
Since the charges, McCoy has lined up another job outside of the gun business. Clark said McCoy's gun shop isn't the only store under investigation, and thinks it's the result of federal intimidation.
McCoy pleaded not guilty, a plea Clark said will eventually be proven true in court. McCoy's trial could begin in November or December.