Crime

Man, 75, faces charges in attempted gun purchase at Keesler Air Force Base

Travis Coy Rayborn
Travis Coy Rayborn

GULFPORT -- A 75-year-old Gautier man is held on charges he made false statements to buy a firearm at the Keesler Air Force Base Main Exchange.

Travis Coy Rayborn pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

A grand jury indicted him on two felony counts Oct. 6. The charges allege he made false statements to buy a gun May 11 in Biloxi from a licensed firearms dealer and gave false information for records the Keesler Main Exchange is required to maintain. His application was denied.

Rayborn is a retired veteran subject to a mental health commitment and a domestic violence order, according to court testimony, said Sheila Wilbanks, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A magistrate judge denied him bond Oct. 13, noting he considered the weight of the evidence, Rayborn's history and character and his potential danger to others.

He is set for trial Nov. 23.

Rayborn had a Bay Minette, Ala., address when the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office arrested him on a charge of domestic violence third-degree Dec. 8, 2014.

Rayborn had an Indian Point Parkway address when Gautier police arrested him Aug. 29 on misdemeanors. Police accused him of exhibiting a weapon in a threatening manner and public drunkenness.

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