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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A federal judge has overturned the conviction of a North Carolina man sent to prison after he was wrongly charged as a felon for possessing firearms. It was the first of what could be as many as 3,000 inmates with similar convictions set aside.

Federal law makes it a crime for anyone with a felony record to have a gun. But federal prosecutors wrongly interpreted North Carolina’s sentencing laws and charged people with firearms possession – even if their past offenses weren’t serious enough to qualify them as felons under federal law.

U.S. District Judge James Fox on Thursday overturned the 2009 firearms conviction of Terrell McCullum of Elizabethtown, N.C., declaring him innocent.

McCullum had already been released from prison last month after serving his full sentence.

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4 Comments on "Inmates convicted of gun crimes could be released"

2015 years 10 months ago

I hope Mr. McCallum gets restitution from the state for the time he served. Laws seem to be stacked against gun owners even when the crime they committed did not involve a firearm. This nonsense needs to be changed.

Guest question
2015 years 10 months ago

just curious

2015 years 10 months ago

It implys that these people were convicted correctly, when in fact it was federal prosecutors whos antigun zeal is fueled by a corrupt Atty General.who himself knowingly allowed guns to go to, Mexico leading to the murder of an ICE agent. These individuals were not felons.under NC law or Federal law but there vicious attempts to undermine 2nd Amendment rights among others while they attempt to.shove their own morality down our throats.

John A. Difloure
2015 years 10 months ago

Excuse me, but what gun crimes were committed or is this just another liberal media exercise in BS?


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