Leland man accused of lying on background check to buy guns

SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WWAY) — A grand jury has indicted a Leland man who is accused of trying to buy firearms and then lying on background check forms.

Howard Joseph Burchfield, 36, of Leland, is charged with two counts of providing a false statement in connection with purchasing a firearm and one count of possession of ammunition as a prohibited person. Each count carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, on July 22, 2016 and April 1, 2017, Burchfield tried to buy guns from two federal firearm licensees in Shallotte.

As part of the federal background check, he had to fill out an ATF 4473 form.

On that form, the DOJ said Burchfield checked the box “no” when asked if he had ever been adjudicated as a mental defective or been committed to a mental institution.

Burchfield had been adjudicated as a mental defective in Colorado in 2013 and had been committed to a mental institution in Florida in 2010.

Burchfield was not able to buy the guns.

On March 2, Burchfield again provided the same false information while trying to buy a gun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was again unable to buy the gun.

The FBI in the Eastern District of NC arrested Burchfield on March 20.

He has remained in custody pending the outcome of this case.


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