Feds shut down Pasco gun shop, owner still in jail | Crime
Tampa, Florida -- There's new information on embattled gun shop owner Gary Galati. On Thursday, ATF agents raided his store Galati Guns in New Port Richey while he was in federal court trying to win his freedom.
Galati has been the target of a series of 10 News Investigators stories and he is in deep trouble. Galati lost his bid to get out of jail and one thing is clear, he won't be going home for Christmas.
We began our investigation of him this summer using undercover cameras. The Feds began before that using undercover informants and now Galati faces several years behind bars.
The U-Haul in front of Galati Guns today means it is moving day, but in this instance, the movers are from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In all, it's part of a very bad day for the former owner of Galati Guns.
However, the federal criminal complaint accuses Galati of being a marijuana drug dealer, knowingly using a firearm during a drug traffic crime and selling a weapon without properly registering it. In addition, as we discovered, Galati was helping people get concealed weapons permits without taking a safety course.
When we told Galati the state says that's not acceptable, he replied, "Ok, I've have never heard anything from the state of what I'm doing."
Even though ATF agents are hauling away all the items inside and are shutting down the store, some long time customers said they find it hard to believe Galati would do anything illegal.
"I am very shocked to hear that. He is a patriotic American and until he is convicted I won't believe it," Bill DeClemente told us.
When we told DeClemente the ATF has started proceedings to revoke Galati's license and that he faces five years to life in federal prison he replied, "I feel very bad, very bad and I'm sorry this happened."
In addition, Galati faces state charges for felony possession of the steroid testosterone. He was able to bond out when he was arrested in June; however the prosecutor has now filed a motion to revoke that bond. That hearing takes place Friday. So even if the feds agree to release him, Galati is likely to go the Pasco County Jail while he awaits trial on all his charges.