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Edward Rodriguez-Flores lies on application to buy gun, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jul 17 2013 02:06:25 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

An Allentown man is facing charges after he lied on an application to buy a gun from a shop in Bethlehem last month, officials said.

Edward Rodriguez-Flores made a false statement when he said he did not have a restraining order against him on an application he filled out to buy a firearm at the C&D Coin and Gun Shop, 231 East Broad St., Bethlehem, on June 19, officials said.

Rodriguez-Flores was not allowed to buy the gun after he was flagged by the Instacheck system, officials noted.

Investigators found that the mother of Rodriguez-Flores' child had a obtained a temporary Protection From Abuse order against him on June 11, and that the order was still in effect when Rodriguez-Flores tried to buy a Taurus .40 caliber handgun at the shop, officials said.

Rodriguez-Flores, 24, of 246 East Court St., Allentown, was arraigned Tuesday night on charges of making a false statement when trying to buy a firearm and lying to a public servant and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 25.