Lil Wayne to face up to 15 years in prison after being charged with possession of firearm and ammunition
Rapper Lil Wayne on Tuesday was charged with one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon.
This is as a result of the December 2019 incident, in which Lil Wayne’s plane was searched by federal agents at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport.
The rapper was a passenger on the private plane, which stopped in Florida prior to arriving to its destination in California.
He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
According to Lil’s attorney,
“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.”
The attorney’s statement continues: “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.’”