Shawn James Hartnell, a Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty last week to charges he attempted to export rifles from the United States to Canada without a license. Hartnell had been nabbed when he tried to sell rifles to U.S. and Canadian agents in the parking lot of the felicitously named Settle Inn in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Apparently, Hartnell had been engaged in gun running from the United States to Canada for quite some time and had been under investigation by the Feds and the Mounties for over a year. During the course of the investigation, the resourceful Mr. Hartnell had told undercover agents that they could always smuggle the guns into Canada using a snowmobile.
Hartnell’s sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.