A La Crosse man is facing federal gun charges after he was accused of conspiring to buy guns in Wisconsin for resale in Chicago.

Kirk Valentine, 23, was charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to deal firearms without a license.

According to court records, Valentine purchased 19 handguns at Wisconsin stores, gun shows and pawn shops — including ones in Sparta, Onalaska and Holmen — then selling them to a Francisco Rocha, 28, of Chicago, for resale in Illinois.

Kirk Valentine mug


Rocha recruited Valentine, who purchased the firearms from March 2018 to June 2018 as directed by Rocha, falsely certifying on Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives forms that the guns were for his personal use, according to the federal indictment.

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Valentine purchased three .380 pistols March 8 at Gander Outdoors in Onalaska; a 7.62 by .39 caliber pistol from Warrior Arms LLC and a 10 millimeter pistol from Eisen Arms LLC March 23 at Rocco’s Gun Show in Onalaska; and a 9 millimeter pistol on April 13 from Big Rooster in Sparta, according to the indictment.

He also purchased two 9 millimeter pistols May 13 from Ace Hardware in La Crosse; two more .380 pistols May 13 from Holmen Pawn Shop; and two 9 millimeter pistols May 19 from Warrior Arms LLC at the Bob and Rocco Gun Show, according to court records.

He’s further accused of purchasing seven pistols May 19 at the Bob and Rocco Gun Show in Union Grove, Wis., including: a .380 pistol, two 10 millimeter pistols, a .357 caliber revolver, two 9 mm pistols and a .40 caliber pistol.

According to the indictment, Valentine sold the guns to Rocha at a mark-up, then Rocha sold them in Chicago.

Valentine, who turned himself in Aug. 5, was released on bond and is due in court again Sept. 17.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

(9) comments


This is an example of what the flow of drugs from the deadly triangle of Minneapolis-Milwaukee-Chicago into La Crosse can do to a family. It starts when they get them hooked on drugs then when they cannot afford their habit these kids or young adults are approached to do this for the dealers. While they probably know they should say no their drug addiction says yes. That is why we need our La Crosse County Judges replaced with those who will start giving the maximum sentences and bonds for drug dealers. Especially repeat offenders. Protect our community and our families.


How many felons do you think this guy has sold guns to in our community and not just Chicago

Mr Wizard

There are plenty of gun laws already on the books. ENFORCE THEM!


It looks like they are...


Guns are illegal in Chicago. Who would buy them??

Rick Czeczok

Now that's funny. You as well as I know where these were going to end up. The very people who should not have guns, like they care about the law.


Well, excuse me for being slow on the uptake, LaXCamper and Ricky, but it appears that criminals in Chicago do, indeed, have difficulty getting weapons because of local gun laws there. They get around it by going to neighboring states that have reckless gun laws that make it easy for criminal elements to obtain weapons, like Indiana, especially, but also Wisconsin. If we had federal laws that did not allow this sort of lax oversight, there would be a darn sight fewer guns circulating in the underground. Yes, criminals would still would have guns, but not in the vast proliferation that they now have them.

Mr Wizard

Excuse me too, Homely. I believe this perp is being charged with federal gun law violations, which means they also apply in Indiana and Wisconsin. Maybe if Obama and Holder had started doing this years years ago we wouldn't be where we are now with gun violence. Oh I forgot, they were busy running guns to Mexican criminals in an attempt to adversely influence gun ownership in this country. Democrats have been doing the same ever since, which is why no one trusts anything they say in regard to guns.

Rick Czeczok

Mr Wizard, save your breath on OldHorny he is an old fool...

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