United States v. Shaw, No. 09-2669 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
After running from police, defendant was arrested and convicted of possessing an unregistered short-barreled shotgun in violation of the National Firearms Act. 26 U.S.C. 5861(d), 5871. He appealed, arguing that the prosecution failed to present sufficient evidence that he knew the shotgun barrel was shorter than 18 inches, the statutory characteristic subjecting the weapon to the Act. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that a reasonable jury could conclude that defendant, a man familiar with guns, was aware of the type of weapon he possessed.