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Long-pardoned man challenges NICS denial, sluggish appeal process


A Texas man granted a full pardon in 2012 has filed suit in federal court after he was denied a legal firearm transfer by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May. Charles Norfleet Hughes was convicted of marijuana possession in California in 1998, a felony that did not involve the use of a dangerous weapon. After successfully completing a sentence of three years probation and living as a model citizen for more than a decade, Hughes petitioned California Gov. Jerry Brown for a full pardon, which was given. Hughes, now a Texas resident, attempted to buy a firearm on May 27 and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System at first delayed the purchase and then denied it over the marijuana conviction. more

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