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US v. Springer, 08-6381

Conviction of a former Army member for possessing an unregisterd firearm in violation of 26 U.S.C. sections 5861(d) and 5871, for taking a live rocket home from an Army base and keeping it in his garage, is affirmed where: 1) section 5861(d) does not prohibit possession of an unregistered firearm that is in the possession or under the control of the U.S.; but 2) the evidence was sufficient to support a conclusion that defendant did not qualify for the exception to section 5861(d) as a reasonable juror could easily have found that defendant's possession of the rocket was unauthorized.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 06/29/2010
  • Decided 06/29/2010
  • Published 06/29/2010



  • United States Sixth Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Michael J. Flanagan, Addison Thompson

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