Rapper Has History With Firearms

ATLANTA (AP) _ A federal prosecutor says in a document filed today that rapper T.I., who faces federal firearms charges, has previously violated the law by possessing firearms and a silencer while a convicted felon.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested on October 13th. Authorities took him into custody just blocks away and hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

He is accused of trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. His is charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

The U.S. Attorney's office says in a notice filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta that it plans to introduce evidence of all three occasions when Harris unlawfully possessed guns, ammunition and a silencer.

The first was a Dec. 22, 2001, Atlanta arrest when authorities say Harris gave the name Douglas Morgan and was carrying a concealed 9 milimeter pistol. The arrest did NOT result in a criminal conviction. The other dates were on November 1st, 2002, in Henry County and a search of Harris' home in Fulton County on December 18th, 2004.

Harris' felony record began when he was 17, when he was arrested
for selling crack in northwest Atlanta. He was sentenced to seven
years' probation, which he violated and was eventually jailed for.

The 27-year-old Harris of College Park was released on bond on October 26th and is confined to his home in Henry County.

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