WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court seems skeptical that the government can prevent a convicted felon who is barred from possessing firearms from trying to sell his gun collection after it was confiscated by authorities.
The justices heard arguments Tuesday in the case of Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent arrested and charged with distributing marijuana. He had turned over 19 firearms to the FBI as a condition of his release.
After pleading guilty, Henderson wanted to sell the weapons to a friend or transfer them to his wife. But lower courts found that technically would give Henderson possession of the weapons in violation of law.
Several of the justices indicated that the district court could have the guns sold to a federally licensed firearms dealer, with proceeds going to Henderson.