The owner of a now-closed Blue Ash gun shop pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Cincinnati to manufacturing firearms without a license, selling them and reporting sales incorrectly on federal gun forms.
Limin Ye, 53, had been manufacturing firearms without a license since April 2021, officials said. She owned and operated Opticzoom and Limin Sports gun shop on Creek Road.
According to court documents, investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted a compliance inspection Jan. 26 at Opticzoom and found 71 lower receivers that Ye had manufactured into guns. Agents also found a large stock of gun parts and lower receivers that could be used to manufacture guns.
The inspectors told Ye that she was not allowed to sell the guns she built because she didn't have a federal firearms manufacturing license.
But three days later, an undercover agent went to the Dayton Gun Show and purchased two illegally manufactured guns from Ye, who was a vendor at the show. Ye instructed one of her employees to list the purchase on an ATF transfer form as just "receivers," or the lower portion of a firearm instead of accurately listing the purchase as pistols.
Ye faces up to five years in prison on one of the charges she pleaded to, manufacturing firearms without a license. She also faces up to one year on a charge of aiding and abetting making false entry in records by a federal firearms dealer.
Terms of Ye's plea agreement require her to forfeit more than 520 firearms and firearm receiver frames, surrender her federal firearms license, and not to apply or reapply for a federal firearms license. That prohibition applies to any business entity with which she is associated.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Blue Ash shop owner sold guns she built after ATF said she couldn't