FIfty-three of the 214 felons granted commutations by President Obama on Wednesday were in prison for federal firearms charges, in addition to the nonviolent drug-related charges that most of them faced.
The commutations were made even as Obama has repeated calls on Congress to not only better enforce firearm laws nationwide, but pass new gun-control measures.
Common firearms charges against those whose sentences were commuted included "possession of a firearm by a convicted felon," "carrying a firearm during drug trafficking" or "possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime."
One felon was sentenced to 22 years in 1992 for possession of a firearm by a felon, in addition to a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm. That was his only charge, and he is now set to be released Dec. 1, 2016.
Another felon was charged with possession of a firearm, and two counts of aiding and abetting and possession with intent to distribute a cocaine base. He was sentenced in 1997 to life in prison, but will also be released in December.
Obama's commutations on Wednesday bring his total during his presidency to 562, more than the previous nine presidents combined.
In a blog post announcing the latest round of commutations, White House counsel Neil Eggleston noted that 67 of the individuals were serving life sentences, almost all of them for nonviolent drug-related crimes.