Atlanta rapper faces federal weapons charges

Though Atlanta’s Gucci Mane is famous for his music, his legal problems keep bringing him unwanted attention.

The rapper was in court recently to face federal charges: gun possession by a convicted felon.

The 33-year-old was arraigned on the pair of charges stemming from two September incidents in which he was accused of carrying loaded firearms. On September 12, it’s alleged that he had in his possession a .45 caliber Taurus handgun, along with eight rounds of ammo.

Two days later, he was accused of having a .40 caliber Glock and nearly a dozen rounds of ammunition.

While possession of handguns might not sound like a serious offense to many, the reality is that if convicted on these charges, the music star faces up to two decades in a federal prison and fines of up to $500,000.

Manes has two previous convictions, including a 2005 conviction in Fulton County for aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. He was also convicted in Florida that year for marijuana possession.

The rapper will reportedly remain in custody; he has been in DeKalb County Jail since his September arrest.

His legal problems don’t end there: Fulton County officials apparently believe he violated probation in March when he was arrested on assault allegations. According to another media source, the rapper’s next album is to be titled “The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings.” Mane’s real name is Radric Davis.

The album is slated for a Christmas day release.

Those facing federal charges should speak with an attorney experienced in federal criminal law defense.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Gucci Mane faces federal gun charges,” Dec. 3, 2013