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Tattoo Artist Jonathan Shaw Pleads Not Guilty To Weapons Charges

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NEW YORK (AP) — Noted tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw has pleaded not guilty to dozens of weapons-possession charges. He’s accused of trying to send a stash of guns and knives from a New York storage locker to his Los Angeles home.

The 57-year-old son of jazz giant Artie Shaw appeared in a Manhattan court Tuesday.

Jonathan Shaw was arrested in November. Prosecutors say he tried to ship a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, three other guns, 68 illegal knives and more than 2,800 rounds of ammunition. Prosecutors say he had no New York gun license.

Shaw’s lawyers have said he bought the weapons legally years ago and had no intention of using them.

Shaw helped popularize tattoos based on tribal symbols. He has focused on writing in recent years and published a novel in 2008.

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