Gaffney man arrested on gun charges after internet scam complaints

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A convicted felon from Gaffney Wednesday was sentenced on gun charges.

Eric Michael Shoemaker, 48, was sentenced in a federal court in Spartanburg on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to U.S. Attorney William Nettles, Shoemaker was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies started the investigation after receiving complaints that Shoemaker was running a gun and ammunition sales website and not shipping purchased items to his customers, said Nettles.

According to evidence presented in the case, deputies determined Shoemaker defrauded 30-40 people with the website.

When deputies searched Shoemaker's home, they found a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver, a Mossberg .270-caliber rifle and a Marlin .30-30 rifle.

According to Nettles, Shoemaker expressed anti-government sentiments and said he needed the guns to protect himself from the government. He also admitted to owning the guns even though he had a prior felony conviction.

Officials also found bomb-making equipment in Shoemaker's home, but none of the devices were fully constructed.

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