Man convicted of child porn gets gun rights back

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A retired Piercy County Sheriff convicted of possessing child pornography in 2004 has regained his right to possess a gun.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff okayed former Sheriff Mark French's petition to vacate his child porn conviction from his record and regain his gun rights.

The 62-year-old French pleaded guilty in 2004 to possessing child pornography. He had retired in 2000 after a 30-year career in law enforcement.

County prosecutors opposed giving French his gun rights back, citing a recent law change, but judge Chushcoff said the law couldn't be applied retroactively.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com