Woman arrested accused of stealing machine gun, uses identity of dead sister

After researching the name given to lease the gun, it was determined that Herring used his dead sister’s identity to lease the gun.

CONVERSE, Texas – A woman who was accused of stealing a machine gun from a shooting range on Friday has been arrested, according to an arrest affidavit.

Amber Nicole Herring, 25, was arrested Monday by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. She is charged with possession of a prohibited firearm/machine gun, as well as theft of a firearm.

The theft occurred at approximately 2:00 pm on May 5 at the LoneStar Handgun, located off Amendment Way in Converse.

The range owner said Herring has expressed interest in purchasing a gun, but wanted to test some firearms first. He filled out a liability form and was rented an MP5 machine gun, a powerful 9mm pistol capable of firing 900 rounds per minute. After customers have rented their firearms, they would have to go to the range next door to have staff remove a trigger and load the gun before firing.

After researching the name given to lease the gun, it was determined that Herring used his dead sister’s identity to lease the gun. His sister, Bralynn Sampson, was found dead on December 10, 2022.

The firm provided video from inside the store that showed the suspect had a letter tattoo on her right chest and several other tattoos on her arm and hand.

The clerk who rented the guns was able to identify Herring from a lineup of photos.

Herring is being held in the Bexar County Jail on $30,000 bond.

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