‘Federal nightmares’ have become Tunechi’s ‘reality’.
Less than two months after Lil Wayne’s birthday, the rapper faces serious weapons charges following a federal court hearing in Miami on Tuesday. The 38-year old rapper is charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.
Documents filed in the Southern District of Florida Court name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. which is Wayne’s real name and allege the rapper had a gun in his possession on his private plane in December 2019. The docs also included Wayne had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Where did the gun charges come from?
The court hearing Tuesday stemmed from an encounter Wayne had with authorities. While on a holiday trip to Miami Beach where Wayne owns a home, authorities found a firearm during a search of Wayne’s private jet. The NOLA rapper is expected to have his first court appearance in federal court in Miami on Dec.11 and if convicted, Wayne could face up to 10 years in prison.
Wayne’s attorney notes: “No allegation that he is a dangerous person”
According to Wayne’s lawyer, Howard Srebnick, Wayne does not pose a threat and had not been accused of being a dangerous person. He continued,
“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 Amey 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.”