Colonie couple charged with trying to buy assault rifle
A Colonie couple was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to buy a semiautomatic rifle even though the man is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a weapon.
Eric L. Coleman, 45, and Dawn Coleman, 35, allegedly bought a Windham Weaponry .223 caliber model WW-15 semiautomatic rifle from B&J’s Gun Shop on Central Avenue. Members of the New York State Police Gun Investigation Unit conducted surveillance of the gun shop in anticipation of the couple returning to complete the purchase. Once they arrived, they completed the necessary paperwork and purchased the gun and 10 boxes containing 200 rounds of ammunition, according to a state police news release.
Dawn Coleman allegedly filled out the paperwork, but upon leaving the store, Eric Coleman allegedly took possession of the weapon. He has a prior felony conviction for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and cannot legally possess any firearm, rifle or shotgun, troopers said.
As the couple exited the store, they were taken into custody with the weapon and ammunition in the parking lot without incident.
Eric Coleman was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal purchase of a weapon, both misdemeanors, while Dawn Coleman was charged with criminal purchase of a weapon and an additional misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly eaving their 10-year-old daughter unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot of the gun shop while they were making the purchase.
Both defendants were issued appearance tickets and are scheduled to return to Colonie Town Court on Jan. 23.