Convicted Milwaukee felon sought gun through Internet, indictment says [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 06--A convicted felon slapped with a domestic violence restraining order in a Milwaukee courtroom went looking for a gun through Craigslist last month -- seeking to exploit a loophole in federal gun law requiring a background check, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Calvin Compton, who was convicted of battery in connection with a homicide in 2005, is under a restraining order issued in Milwaukee County in May. He is prohibited from possessing a gun because of that felony and the more recent restraining order.
According to the complaint:
Compton, 25, of Milwaukee posted a message in August on Craigslist offering to sell an iPad or trade it for items that included a gun.
Acting undercover, a Franklin police officer spotted the posting and contacted Compton, learning he was a felon and under a restraining order. The officer set up the transaction.
An agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posed as a buyer, meeting Compton at the park-and-ride lot on W. Brown Deer Road in River Hills to deliver a Smith and Wesson handgun and cash for the iPad. Once Compton took the gun, ATF agents arrested him.
He was indicted by a grand jury this week on a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. He was released on a signature bond this week. He has not entered a plea.
Compton was convicted at age 17 of substantial battery related to the beating death of Dwight Wynn, 56. Compton's mother, Antonette Compton, and her boyfriend, Ricky Davis, also were convicted in the homicide.
The beating began when Davis struck the victim as they argued over Wynn's car. As the argument expanded into other matters, Calvin and Antonette Compton joined in the beating, according to the criminal complaint.
Calvin Compton received a stayed prison sentence, getting six months in jail and probation, according to online court records.
While people such as Compton are prohibited from buying or even possessing a gun, there is no requirement to perform a background check on gun sales between private citizens. Background checks are only required when a federally licensed gun store sells a firearm.
That means that a prohibited person can sidestep the law and buy a firearm at a gun show or over the Internet -- which is what happened prior to the shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield in October.
Radcliffe Haughton bought a gun from a private seller he found on Armslist.com after a restraining order was issued against him following violent episodes with his estranged wife, Zina.
Radcliffe Haughton used the gun to fatally shoot Zina Haughton and two of her co-workers and wound four others before committing suicide.
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