Kalispell man sentenced to prison for illegally exporting guns

Posted at 3:30 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 17:30:06-04

KALISPELL – A Kalispell man who trafficked weapons to various other countries will spend time in prison after being sentenced on Wednesday.

37-year-old Eric Daniel Doyle was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by three years supervised release after pleading guilty to illegal export, attempted illegal export and felon in possession of firearms.

Doyle admitted to supplying buyers from Europe, Australia, The United Kingdom and Canada with firearms and magazines since 2014.

He began selling the firearms on a website. He would then check his email to see what types of firearms people were requesting and then find out what was available around town. 

Doyle also checked local gun websites or gun shows for the types of firearms sought in the email requests.

He used associates to package and ship most of the firearms and estimated that they shipped up to 35 firearms out of the Kalispell area. 

Doyle’s prior felony convictions include possession of cocaine, burglary and unlawful delivery of cocaine from Illinois.