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Man faces federal firearm charge

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

ABINGDON — A 41-year-old Galax man faces a federal charge of possession of a firearm, arising from a traffic stop and sobriety check last August.

Galax Police Department Officer Jody Poole stopped a 1978 Ford pickup on Meadow Street, leading to the charge against Joe Jackson Gambill, according to federal court documents.

During the traffic stop, Poole noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Gambill, the complaint states.

While the officer conducted a records check, he observed an SUV pull up to the scene. Gambill's wife got out and approached the Ford pickup.

The officer watched as Gambill allegedly tried to hand “a wadded up blanket" out of the vehicle to his wife.

After Poole asked to see the blanket, he found wrapped inside a loaded .25 caliber pistol, identified by court records as a Raven Arms model MP-25.

Gambill was charged under federal law that prohibits someone convicted of a felony to have a firearm. He could face more than a year in prison, if convicted, according to court documents.