James Alvin Cotton, 26 of Rome, was arrested this week after police said they found him illegally in possession of a stolen Ruger SR9 9mm handgun.

Reports said that Cotton is a convicted felon, thus preventing him from owning a gun.

He was taken into custody at an apartment on Huffaker Road.

Cotton is charged with felony theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and probation violation.