Coast Guard officer asks judge to dismiss gun charges

September 09, 2019 - 3:52 pm

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge in Maryland says he will decide by the end of this week whether to dismiss gun charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling combat gear and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel heard attorneys' arguments Monday on 50-year-old Christopher Hasson's request for the court to dismiss three of the four counts in his indictment.

Two of the counts charge Hasson with unlawful possession of firearm silencers. His public defenders argue those charges violate his Second Amendment right to bear arms. A prosecutor said courts have held that the Second Amendment doesn't cover silencers.

Prosecutors have called Hasson a domestic terrorist intent on carrying out a mass killing, but they haven't filed any terrorism-related charges against him.