Idaho gun nut sentenced for mailing loaded .357 Magnum that went off and injured Massachusetts postal worker

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtBOISE – Tami Dee Bachart, 47, of McCall, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to one year of probation for mailing injurious articles and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  As part of her sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Bachart to serve 200 hours of community service, pay $3,397.28 in restitution and pay a $1,000 fine.  Bachart pleaded guilty to the crimes on May 12, 2015.

According to the plea agreement, on December 2, 2014, Bachart deposited a package containing a handgun and ammunition into the mail at the United States Postal Service in McCall, Idaho.  The package was addressed to a location in Windsor, Connecticut.  The U.S. Postal Service transported the package for delivery.  While in route to Connecticut, the package arrived at a processing and distribution center in Springfield, Massachusetts.  When a U.S. Postal Service employee picked up the package for further distribution, the handgun, which was a loaded Ruger Blackhawk .357 revolver, discharged while in the hands of the employee.  The employee was not seriously injured, but sought medical attention due to ringing ears and stinging hands.  When the police officers opened the package, they discovered the loaded revolver with additional ammunition and other items.  U.S. Postal Inspectors and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives contacted the intended recipient in Connecticut who confirmed Bachart mailed the package.  A U.S. Postal Inspector and a Police Officer with McCall Police Department later interviewed Bachart who admitted to sending the package containing the revolver.  Bachart denied knowing the firearm was loaded and stated she did not intend to hurt anyone.

During sentencing, Judge Winmill noted that Bachart did not intend to hurt anyone and made a mistake.  However, he cautioned her about the tragic loss of life that could have occurred.  Federal law prohibits the mailing of concealable firearms, except under limited circumstances as prescribed in the U.S. Postal Service regulations.  Federal law also prohibits the mailing of ammunition.

This case was investigated by United States Postal Service Inspection Service in Boise, Idaho, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Windsor, Connecticut; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; McCall Police Department; and Springfield Police Department.

  • IIlIIl111

    Gun NUTZ,,,,,,gotta love em

  • Charlton Heston

    I guess- apparently we can’t do anything about them,no matter how many mass murders they do.

  • Retired Mailman

    Dollars to donuts that the package broke open during sorting and the clerk/mailhandler got curious.That jackass clerk/mailhandler in Springfield pulled the trigger on the Ruger. Even with the hammer cocked and dropped onto a floor, a Ruger will not discharge. What happened to the window clerk catching this package when mailed for being a hazardous package? What good is the robotic sales pitch at the windows?

  • Stellar Steve, LSSA

    If a clerk was able to ask customers what was being mailed, rather than being forced to ask the redundant Mystery Shopper questions, things like this might not have happened. Whether the customer knowingly knew if guns like this could be shipped or not, asking if a gun is liquid, fragile perishable, lithium batteries and perfume only would clear the way for shipping. If customers could be asked what they were mailing and truthfully answered, things like this might not happen, as the rules for mailing a gun could be explained by the clerk.

  • The NRA

    If the clerk who was injured had been armed, he could have shot the package before it had a chance to shoot him!

  • MJM

    Nice 😉

  • MJM

    Mailing a loaded anything is just ignorant. Clerks asking questions can’t protect against stupid.