Immunity bid fails for Mohawk guilty of gun charge

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 12:48 PM
Immunity bid fails for Mohawk guilty of gun charge

Federal prosecutors say even members of an Indian nation's militia can't carry guns if they're convicted felons.

Victor Lazore pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of possessing weapons _ two rifles and a shotgun. Police found the guns, two of them loaded, during a traffic stop last summer on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation near the Canadian border.

The 25-year-old Lazore was convicted on state felony drug charges in 2005 and is barred from having weapons.

He told police he had the guns because he was part of the Indian nation's militia and had been out hunting squirrels. He said he was exempt from U.S. laws as a member of the tribe's "national security force."

Sentencing is set for August 26.