The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was busted in the parking lot of a shopping center not far from the award show's Atlanta venue, collared by agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after picking up three machine guns, two silencers and a pistol from an undercover ATF officer, which, per the feds, his bodyguard had purchased on his behalf.
T.I. was previously convicted on drug violations back in 1998 and given seven years' probation, and he later was busted on gun-related charges. It's a federal offense for a convicted felon to have someone purchase firearms on their behalf.
"The last place machine guns should be is in the hands of a convicted felon, who cannot legally possess any kind of firearm," David E. Nahmias, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said. "This convicted felon allegedly was trying to add several machine guns to an already large and entirely illegal arsenal of guns.
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