Barre man indicted on gun charges for allegedly lying about restraining order

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A 42-year-old man twice attempted to buy handguns from a Barre shop after a court order barred him from possessing firearms, according to federal prosecutors in Vermont.

Demetericius Campbell of Barre was indicted Friday in Burlington on three federal firearms charges, including one count of possessing a firearm while subject to a restraining order. He was also charged with two counts of allegedly making false statements to a gun store in December 2018 and again in January 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Vermont says Campbell falsely claimed on firearm transaction forms that he was not subject to a restraining order that prohibited him from threatening his ex-wife.

Campbell allegedly tried to purchase three handguns from R&L Archery in Barre on Dec. 6, 2018, two days after a Washington County judge issued a relief from abuse order against him.

The information was revealed during by the federal background check required on purchases from licensed dealers, prompting R&L Archery to reject the transaction.

Prosecutors say Campbell returned to R&L on January 25, 2019, and tried to buy two handguns, again falsely claiming he was not subject to the restraining order. He was again turned away after the background check.

In February, police executed a search warrants for Campbell’s residence, where they found a firearm and ammunition.

If found guilty, Campbell could face 10 years in prison on each charge.

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