A Washington County man who tried to test the local waters following a Supreme Court decision that struck down a gun ban in the nation's capital quickly changed his mind after learning his challenge had been rejected.
James F. Barton Jr., 48, was charged last year with being a felon in possession of firearms. Agents who searched his Washington, Pa., home in May 2007 found seven pistols, five rifles and three shotguns.
Judge Bloch held a brief hearing on the matter last week before denying a motion to dismiss.
Mr. Barton decided to plead guilty a day later.
Mr. Barton previously had been convicted in Washington County in 1995 of receiving stolen property -- a firearm -- and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.