Former officer arrested after January 6 riot was told to stay away from guns, but bought 34, feds say

Just after the January 6 riot in D.C., a federal judge agreed to release Thomas Robertson, who is a former Rocky Mount, Virginia, police officer facing multiple charges.

Judge G. Michael Harvey made the ruling, but release conditions were clear: Robertson could ‘not own any firearms, destructive devices or dangerous weapons while his case was pending.’ If he owned any guns, he must relocate them within two days. Days after he was released, however, authorities found eight firearms at his home in Ferrum, VIrginia, according to court documents.

The judge gave Robertson a second chance, and again gave him a readout of the restraints which were still in effect. According to the Washington Post, just last month, “authorities found a loaded M4 carbine and a partially assembled pipe bomb while conducting an authorized search at his home, court records state.”

Robertson is also accused of allegedly purchasing 34 firearms online and “transporting them in interstate commerce while under felony indictment,” prosecutors said. Now they are asking the judge to revoke Robertson’s release order and issue an arrest warrant for violating his release terms for a second time.




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Ethan Finn lives just outside of Sacramento in California. He was involved in Boy Scouts for most of his life and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in January of 2019. A passion for politics prompted him and his friend to start an Instagram page all about politics during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—@conservative.outlet. Ethan finds it fascinating to be a part of the journalistic side of news as opposed to always being just a reader.

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