Supreme Court to decide whether convicted felon can sell guns after giving them up

Associated Press

The Supreme Court will decide whether a convicted felon barred from possessing guns can sell or transfer the weapons to another person after he had surrendered them to authorities.

The justice on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with distributing marijuana. He agreed to turn over 19 firearms to the FBI as a condition of his release.

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After pleading guilty, Henderson wanted to sell the weapons to a friend or transfer them to his wife. But a federal district court found that technically would give Henderson possession of the weapons in violation of federal law. A federal appeals court agreed.

Henderson says the guns were unrelated to his crime and the FBI never said the guns were seized.