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Owner of Danny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods indicted on federal charges

The owner of Danny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods pleaded not guilty Thursday to selling ammunition to people without legal status in the United States.

Daniel Gallegos, 67, of McAllen pleaded not guilty to five counts of unlawfully selling ammunition to a prohibited person during a hearing Thursday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis.

Gallegos is accused of selling thousands of rounds of ammunition to “an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States,” according to the indictment against him. He allegedly sold the ammunition in March, April and May 2020.

“Not guilty,” Gallegos said Thursday morning, when asked how he pleaded.

Gallegos is part owner of Danny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods in McAllen and Point Blank Sporting Goods in Pharr, according to documents filed with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

According to the indictment, Gallegos sold 2,180 rounds of ammunition on March 12, 2020, to “a prohibited person, knowing and having reasonable cause to believe that said person was then an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States.”

Danny’s Pawn and Sporting Goods in McAllen. (Photo by Dave Hendricks / The Progress Times.)

 

Gallegos sold more ammunition on March 20, April 9, April 21 and May 27, according to the indictment. In every instance, Gallegos allegedly knew the person who purchased the ammunition was not lawfully present in the United States.

The indictment doesn’t identify the person or people who purchased the ammunition, reveal where the purchases took place or explain how the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives became aware of the incidents.

An ATF spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday morning.

“We’ve known about this for some time,” said attorney Crispin “CJ” Quintanilla of McAllen, who represents Gallegos. “We’ve been dealing with the government.”

The grand jury indicted Gallegos on Tuesday. He self-surrendered on Thursday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Guerra, who is prosecuting the case, said the government had already turned over reports and recordings to Quintanilla as part of the discovery process.

Quintanilla said Gallegos planned to relinquish his ownership interests in Danny’s Pawn and Point Blank, which sell firearms.

Before he self-surrendered, Gallegos also had about 200 firearms, archery equipment and samurai swords removed from his house.

Alanis, the federal magistrate judge, set bond at $50,000 with no cash deposit required.

Along with standard bond conditions, Gallegos must not enter Danny’s Pawn or Point Blank and can’t participate in the sale or distribution of firearms. He’s also prohibited from excessive use of alcohol and traveling outside the Southern District of Texas.

“We agree to not enter or be present where there’s any firearms,” Quintanilla said, adding that Gallegos planned to work at another business that doesn’t sell guns.

Gallegos is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 7.

If convicted on the ammunition charges, Gallegos faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

16 Comments

  1. Candelario on December 16, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    I’m very surprised at this information if it’s true I really like shopping at Danny’s pawnshop people are very friendly and Danny is one of a kind very helpful and polite when you come and shop at his place and am very saddened and shocked to hear such a news I hope that all this was just a big misunderstanding and all turns well for Danny, but then again law is the law and no one is above it.

    • Robert on December 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      He have to thank Democ rats…

  2. Robert on December 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    He have to thank Democ rats…

    • Ed on December 28, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      Democrats? They are saying he sold to illegal aliens who have no papers! So if it was the democrats as you say, then yes we SHOULD THANK THEM for stopping such sales to illegals.. you are so full of it Robert. 🤦🤦

      • Oscar on January 10, 2022 at 7:54 am

        Thank you for your observations Ed.

  3. Stephen marino on December 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Danny Has been in that business for a long time sounds like a set up to me any outcome I will stand in Danny corner all the way always has been there for me we never forget that

  4. Jim Webb on December 17, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I have never been asked for proof of citizenship at Academy.Glicks or anywhere else not even on line when
    ordering ammo.

  5. Angel on December 17, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Wtf…not even fire arms??? Who cares it’s just ammo I buy it every were academy doesn’t ask for id’s or info , if the law is being like that then register the bullets under there names to🤣

    • Albert salinas on December 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

      I smell a set up . Remember the Armory in downtown McAllen and how the government went after the owners. They got exonerated after they spent a fortune defending themselves. This is ATF run amok .

      • Jesus Rodriguez on December 17, 2021 at 9:47 am

        How can you trust the ATF. Remember Operation Fast and Furious.

        • Pepper on December 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm

          Remember fast and furious, yup…. Atf at their lowest.

  6. Terry Johnson on December 17, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Sounds like another set up

  7. Pepper on December 25, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Remember fast and furious, yup…. Atf at their lowest.

  8. Oscar Garza on January 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Thank you for your observations Ed.

  9. DokTor Foo Man Chu on January 11, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Hmmmm…no name of the “alien” but there’s recordings and video? It’s clearly a sting motivated by politics, especially down there in the RGV. Guerra’s, all into politics, so yes, sounds like a Democrat out of McAllen who needed a favor, Gallegos refused to comply (“we’ve been dealing with this for some time”) and now he got caught in a sting that coulda been conducted at Academy, Walmart, or any other place that sells ammo. The difference is the Valley is so politically motivated, they will turn against their own mothers n fathers cuz politicians owe favors down there. Prove me wrong…!!!

  10. John B. on January 14, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    The way I see it Danny does not need to sell a couple of thousand rounds to an illegal alien. It just doesn’t make sense why a respected business owner would do such a thing, knowing and understanding the business of firearms for decades. Its a shame that politics may play a major role in this and that the legal system can be manipulated by a political group “by proxy”. Its sad to live in a political domain.

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