Lil Wayne faces up to 15 years in prison after being charged with federal gun offense in Florida
Hollygrove-Rap ICON, Lil Wayne charged with federal gun offense in Florida.
A U.S. Attorney claims that Wayne “knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce” on a December 2019 flight. According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade Police alerted federal authorities of the plane after receiving a tip that weapons and marijuana were potentially be transported by the aircraft. The search was reportedly conducted with investigators from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and other agencies.
Lil Wayne Hit With Federal Weapons Charge, Faces Max Sentence of 10 Years If Convicted
Authorities said the 38-year-old rapper acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun after his luggage was searched upon arriving in Miami on a private plane. A search warrant, first reported by the Miami Herald at the time, said Carter told investigators the gun was a Father's Day gift.
If convicted, the sentence could be as high as 10, 15 years. A court appearance is slated for December.
Here's the statement in full:
Carter is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane. There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Although the Supreme Court has not yet decided the constitutional question, Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently wrote an appellate dissenting opinion in which she stated that “Absent evidence that he either belongs to a dangerous category or bears individual markers of risk, permanently disqualifying [a convicted felon] from possessing a gun violates the Second Amendment."