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Felon's Firearm Possession Conviction Upheld

US v. Gatlin, 09-2793, concerned a challenge to a defendant's conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon in violation of 18 U.S.C. sections 922(g)(1) and 924(e)(1).  In affirming the conviction, the cour theld tha the district court did not err in denying defendant's motion to suppress the gun as both a stop and limited search of defendant were constitutionally proper.  Also held, district court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's motion to disclose an informant's identity.  Lastly, the court held that there was substantial evidence from which the jury could have found that the gun had traveled in interstate commerce.

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