Waynesboro gun dealer pleads not guilty to illegally selling firearms

A licensed firearms dealer pleaded not guilty Wednesday to illegally selling weapons.


William Debow is named in a 38-count criminal indictment accusing him of knowingly selling weapons to a convicted felon and to people who do not reside in Georgia.

According to an affidavit filed by Jason Stricklin, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Debow investigation began in October.

During the execution of a search warrant Oct. 16 at the home of a convicted felon, agents found 26 weapons and 7,000 rounds of ammunition. One of the weapons was a 50-caliber rifle.

It is a violation of state and federal law for a convicted felon to possess a gun.

The felon told agents that he bought most of the weapons from Debow at Ponderosa Trading Co. in Waynesboro. Debow, according to the felon, told him to bring in his mother so they could fill out the paperwork in her name, Stricklin wrote.

But at other times Debow didn’t file any paper work, according to Stricklin’s affidavit. Agents discovered the 50-caliber rifle was initially sold to someone else, who sold it to Debow, who then sold it to the felon without filing any of the necessary paperwork for either transaction, Stricklin wrote.

Debow is free on a $100,000 bond pending trial.


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