A former Morristown resident who moved to Ohio following scrapes with the law has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Greeneville for possession of a shortened, unregistered AR-15 rifle and possession of a firearm by a drug addict, according to an indictment unsealed.
Corey Michael Johnson, 31, was taken into custody in the Columbus area in March. Following his initial court appearance on Monday, he was released on a personal-recognizance bond. He has until July 30 to decide whether he wants to plead guilty or go to trial.
The U.S. attorney’s office appears to have a very strong case. Shockley was carrying a partially disassembled Spikes Tactical rifle when he was questioned by police in September 2018. Shockley hand-wrote a statement in which he admitted he was carrying the firearm parts and that he used illegal drugs.
Johnson told police he was trying to sell the rifle parts to raise money to move to Ohio, according to his statement
Federal law requires that people who own shortened rifles – or sawed-off shotguns – register the firearm in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. When an AR-15 rifle has a rifle lower and a pistol upper, it’s considered a shortened rifle for registration purposes.
Johnson was indicted on Feb. 11. The lead law enforcement agency in the federal prosecution is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.