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Jordanian man charged federally after buying gun in Ohio

November 18, 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A Jordanian man faces a federal charge of falsely claiming he was a U.S. citizen after authorities were alerted by an Ohio sporting goods store that he wanted to buy a “sniper rifle for training.”

Abdul Alabadi was charged in federal court Thursday after claiming he was a citizen on a document used to buy a 9mm handgun from the Boardman Township store in August.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives affidavit says agents began investigating after Alabadi returned several days after the handgun purchase and tried to buy a sniper rifle.

Defense attorney David Betras said Saturday that Alabadi is not a terrorist, was a hunter in Jordan and that he likes guns.

Betras says Alabadi will return to Jordan once the case is resolved.

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