Rapper arrested on federal firearms charges stemming from music video

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A Dallas rapper was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after videos of the ex-convict were reported to authorities. Now, a court will decide if he can defend himself against the charges.

In the gangster rap videos, Jayson Howard Moore was seen holding handguns and shotguns, and as a convicted felon he is not allowed to have firearms.

Dallas News reports: The Dallas rapper and gang member known as “Jay Mafia” is a convicted felon, having spent time in state prison years ago for robbery. 

The report continues: Moore, 34, was arrested in 2015 after police got a tip about him and watched his videos, records show. He is charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In early 2016, Moore’s indictment was updated to include a charge of production of child pornography.

Moore claims his arrest warrant and complaint are fraudulent, according to court records. 

He’s sent numerous letters to the court, alleging he’s the victim of government, law enforcement and judicial corruption and conspiracies to keep him locked up without due process.

According to the report, a hearing on whether to allow Moore to represent himself has been scheduled for Monday, February 26. His trial date is “uncertain,” as he was initially deemed incompetent to stand trial.

The report also notes: Moore was convicted of felony robbery in Dallas County in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in state prison, county records show. But he only served six months before being released, according to state and county records.

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