Cartavious Cursshuan Pouncy, 21, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Pouncy to 20 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for illegal possession of a machine gun. Pouncy pleaded guilty to the charge on March 16, 2023.
Shreveport Police Department officers stopped a Dodge Challenger with no tags near the intersection of Hearne Avenue and Corbitt Street on May 15, 2022.
Pouncy was driving the Dodge Challenger and two other individuals were inside.
Officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and all of the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. Pouncy was asked if there were narcotics or firearms inside the vehicle and he initially stated there were not.
A search of the vehicle was conducted, and officers did in fact locate a Panther Arms AR Pistol, Model: DPMS, with two magazines, loaded with 63 rounds of ammunition behind the driver’s seat. Pouncy admitted post-Miranda that the firearm belonged to him, and he had purchased it a few days prior.
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the firearm and discovered that it had a drop-in auto sear, a conversion device, inserted inside to make it a fully automatic machine gun. A record search was conducted of the National Firearm Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR) and Pouncy had not registered the Panther Arms AR Pistol or any other weapon.
The case was investigated by the ATF and Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.