Convicted felon has $80,000 worth of firearms, and he wants them back

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Convicted Felon Has $80,000 Worth Of Firearms, And He Wants Them Back

LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) -– A convicted felon is now fighting the law.

After he was recently caught with more than 60 guns in his possession, Billy Ray Albertson is fighting for the guns' ownership.

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Charged with a felony in the 90's, Albertson can't legally possess any guns. But, there's a difference between 'possessing' and 'owning' so, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, he may have an argument.

Albertson is on the wrong side of the law, again.

"The judge said 30 counts," Albertson said.

The charges come from a search warrant that uncovered a gun bonanza in his Lincoln County Barn back in June.

"Wow, we were very surprised," said investigator Larry Stover with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. "In the safe, there were 62 guns."

All of the weapons were seized by the sheriff's office, due to a child abuse conviction against Albertson in the 90's.

Because of the felony, Albertson is unable to possess any guns.

He's since been working his way through the court system since the seizure but now has a new crusade.

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"I want to do what I can to get my weapons back for my grandson," Albertson said.

Albertson said many of the weapons were heirlooms, handed down over generations.

"To have it taken away from you and say you're not getting it back, that upsets me," he said. "I would like to see something positive come out of it, if it's possible."

Turns out it might be possible, thanks to a ruling by the highest court in the land.

"The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 9-0 decision, said, 'Yes, a felon has certain rights in the guns...monetary rights," said attorney David McKenzie. "So, they can be sold, and the proceeds returned to the felon."

McKenzie explained, according to the decision reached in 'Tony Henderson vs. the US,' Albertson could have the weapons handed over to a third party to be sold.

That could lead to a big chunk of change for Albertson.

"They said I have over $80, 000 worth of guns," Albertson said.

It's money he said would be used to send his grandson Dylan to college.

But, for now, the guns must remain under lock and key.

"Until the case is final, they are still evidence that's going to be needed," McKenzie said.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said the weapons are indeed being held as evidence.

Albertson's next court date is set for October.

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