The rapper was charged Tuesday in the southern part of Miami with criminal possession of firearms and ammunition, as a previous crime. According to legal documents obtained from CNN, the allegations stem from an alleged incident on December 23, 2019.
His lawyers noted that the musician did not use his firearm in the incident, in which a gun was in his luggage on a private plane.
“There are no allegations that he has ever fired, waved, used or threatened to use him. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The accusation is that because he has been convicted of a felony in the past, he is forbidden to possess firearms, “Howard Srebnik, Lil Wayne̵
“Federal sentencing guidelines require significantly lower and I wouldn’t consider the maximum exposure to decide someone’s verdict, and all the facts need to be thoroughly reviewed,” Ronald Richards, another musician’s lawyer, added in an email to CNN.
The artist pleaded guilty in October 2009 to a criminal charge as part of a deal with prosecutors in New York.
The allegations stem from his arrest in 2007 in front of the Beacon Theater in New York, where a .40 caliber pistol was found in his bus.
At the time, his lawyer said the gun belonged to someone else, but Lil Wayne accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to one year in prison.
He eventually served eight months before being released.
Under federal law, convicted criminals are prohibited from possessing weapons.
The hearing in the case is scheduled for December 11.