SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man is facing charges after police say he tried to illegally purchase a firearm even though his FOID card had been revoked due to a prior felony.
Ahmal Z. Alsallal, 23, of the 1300 block of West Lincoln Highway, is charged with unlawful purchase of a firearm and falsifying information. He was picked up by DeKalb police on an arrest warrant Wednesday. If convicted of the most serious charge, unlawful purchase of a firearm, Alsallal could face up to seven years in prison.
Alsallal was also indicted on Oct. 1, 2019 for another felony, sale of loose cigarettes tied to an Aug. 21 arrest by DeKalb police, and as a consequence his FOID card was revoked, according to DeKalb County court records.
Records show Alsallal went to purchase a Taurus model G3 9 mm handgun form C.O.P.S. Inc., a gun shop at 1210 E. State St., in Sycamore around Dec. 4, 2019.
As he was filling out the necessary paperwork to purchase the weapon, he checked 'no' next to the box asking if he had ever been convicted of a crime or in court on felony charges. Records show Alsallal plead not guilty on Oct. 11, 2019, to his charges for selling loose cigarettes. He's due in court on a status hearing for those charges Feb. 25.
The Sycamore gun shop denied Alsallal's sale because his FOID card was revoked, records show. After further investigation by the Illinois State Police, Alsallal confirmed he did falsify information on the gun ownership paperwork, according to court documents.
He was released after posting $200 bail on a $2,000 bond set by Circuit Court Judge Robbin Stuckert Thursday morning, and is expected in court for a plea setting March 18 at 9 a.m.