New Orleans Man Sentenced for Firearms Offenses and Causing Mailing of Fraudulent Concealed Handgun Permit Training Course Certificates

Published 6:40 am Friday, February 18, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on February 16, 2022, TRAVIS WHITE, age 41, of New Orleans, was sentenced by United States District Judge Lance M. Africk after previously pleading guilty to firearms offenses and mail fraud.

Specifically, WHITE previously pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1349; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully deal in firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(1)(A), 923(a), 924(a)(1)(D) and 371; and one count of sale of a firearm to a felon, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(d) and 924(a)(2).

According to court records, WHITE operated a Louisiana corporation, Always On Point LLC, based out of New Orleans.  Through the business, WHITE sold fraudulent certificates attesting that his customers had completed a training course required to obtain concealed carry firearms licenses, although in most cases, those individuals had completed little to no training.  WHITE was not an approved concealed-carry-training instructor with the Louisiana State Police. Additionally, WHITE sold firearms to his customers, although he was not a federally licensed firearms dealer.  In some instances, WHITE sold firearms to individuals who were not permitted to possess or purchase firearms due to felony convictions.

Judge Africk sentenced WHITE to a term of imprisonment of 51 months, 3 years of supervised release and a $300 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.