Strip club owner pleads guilty to illegal firearms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The owner of a strip club in Sunrise Beach, Mo., pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing 31 firearms.

Jimmy Duane Davis, 55, of Sunrise Beach, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms. Davis is the owner of the Eclipse Gentlemanâ??s Club.

Federal law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Davisâ??s residence and neighboring business on Aug. 19, 2010, after receiving a report that Davis was in possession of firearms. A gun safe in the basement contained 30 shotguns, rifles and handguns.

Agents also saw numerous rounds of ammunition around the room, and a Springfield Armory 9 mm semi-automatic pistol in a case on top of the gun safe. In addition, five shotgun shells were found in an upstairs bedroom.

According to the plea agreement, Davis purchased 12 firearms-specific hunting permits between 2006 and 2009.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearms or ammunition. Davis has two prior felony convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine and a prior felony conviction for selling marijuana.

Under federal statutes, Davis is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


This information comes directly from the office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.