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Salem business owner facing federal gun charges

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The owner of a Salem business faces federal gun charges, after allegedly selling weapons without a permit or the proper documentation.

According to federal court documents, 41-year-old Andrew Nordstrom displayed guns at Blackwater Tactical, a licensed gun dealer next to his business, Salem Emblems.  When customers asked about the guns, they were directed to Nordstrom’s store, where the gun was sold “off the books,” without the proper documentation or a background check, investigators said.

Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms removed several guns licensed to Nordstrom from his business, along with more than 200 weapons from his Scio home during a raid in November, 2014.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said he stands behind Nordstrom and his family, in spite of the charges.

“They are just a fantastic family.  The kids are all home-schooled and mom takes care of them and dad works really hard,” said the neighbor. “I think this whole thing has been blown way out of proportion.”

According to court documents, undercover federal agents bought several guns licensed to Nordstrom from him and another man inside Nordstrom’s store.

On one occasion, the agents said a confidential informant with several felony convictions was able to purchase a gun without a background check.

Nordstrom’s trial is set for October.

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