TPD says he had 40 guns. He wasn't allowed to have one
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Reporter: Craig Smith
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A man who wasn't allowed to have even one gun, had more than 40----that's the word from Tucson Police who've charged an ex-con with a long list of weapons charges.
But when he tried to sell them, the system had him caught and cuffed in a hurry.
45 year old Dwayne Wynne knows what it's like behind bars. Because he was in state prison, he's a felon and it's against the law for him to own a gun.
Well, Tucson Police say he broke that law more than 40 times over.
Think about what forty guns could do in the wrong hands.
Tucson Police say Dwayne Wynne pawned or sold at least that many. They found seven more where he lived.
He wasn't allowed to have even one gun. He was a guest of the state for about a year on a felony endangerment rap. The felony makes him what the law calls a prohibited possessor.
Friday as demonstrators urged Senator John McCain to push for universal background checks, we asked about the underground gun trade from criminal to criminal---and whether tougher law would stop criminals from getting guns anyway.
Daniel Hernandez helped keep Gabrielle Giffords alive the day of the January 8th mass shooting. He says, "We've never going to stop everyone from doing evil but right now, what we're trying to do is make it harder for people like him from being able to purchase these weapons in private transactions, at gun shows, on line."
Police say Wynne tried to sell guns through pawn shops. But pawn shops work to catch stolen property.
Tony Hernandez of EZ Money Pawn showed us how pawn shops send police a list of every item they take in, every night. If someone like Wynne is selling lots of guns that gives police a good chance to catch it.
Pawn shops also have face to face ways to keep criminals from passing off stolen guns.
Tony Hernandez says, "If he has no idea of what he paid for it, or what the value is of the item then you probably should stay away from it. If he doesn't know how to use it; for instance in a firearm if he doesn't know how to clear it, you probably just want to stay away from it. That's what we do."
And the system worked fast in this case. Just one day after Tucson Police started investigating, Dwayne Wynne was under arrest.
Tucson Police are not elaborating on exactly how Wynne got the guns or whether he was working alone. They have told us to watch out for even more charges.