Before a person can be convicted of the federal crime of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the prosecutor must prove the following two things beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The person charged knowingly possessed a firearm that moved from one state to another state; and
- The person charged was a convicted felon when he possessed the firearm.
The prosecutor does not, however, have to prove that the person charged knew that the firearm had moved from one state to another; he only has to prove that the firearm did, in fact, move from one state to another.
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