Washington 'Prepper' pleads not guilty in gun case

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 12:06 PM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man who was shown firing guns on the National Geographic TV show "Doomsday Preppers" has pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm.

Tyler Smith of Buckley was arrested Wednesday by Pierce County sheriff's deputies who said the reality TV episode showed him breaking the law that bans felons from having guns.

Smith pleaded guilty in 2009 to theft and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

Smith entered his not guilty plea on Thursday in Tacoma. He had told detectives the footage must have been filmed before a 2009 felony conviction.

The News Tribune reports (http://is.gd/1oBsrB ) the episode was filmed last March and shown in November. Doomsday Preppers chronicles Americans who are preparing for apocalyptic conditions.

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

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