Jacksonville, Florida – Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the return of an indictment charging Jose Angel Vazquez, (59, Jacksonville) with making a false statement to a federal firearms dealer. If convicted, Vazquez faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, Vazquez attempted to purchase a handgun from a Federally Licensed Firearm Dealer on February 2, 2021, after having been convicted of numerous felonies on multiple occasions.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Cyrus P. Zomorodian.
This case is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce Federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the Fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence and enhances coordination of Federal, State, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes. For more information on Project Guardian visit www.justice.gov/projectguardian.