NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


October 10, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

CURRAN CHARGES HANDGUN APPLICANT DUE TO PROTECTION ORDER

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that charges were filed against Wayne Young, 4401 Harbour Town Drive, Beltsville, in connection with Young’s attempt to purchase a handgun on September 1, 2000. Young was charged in a two count criminal information with perjury and false information on an Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by claiming he was not the respondent in a protection order proceeding. In fact, a protective order was entered against him, with his consent, on March 31, 2000 in District Court, Prince George’s County and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

"It is illegal in the state of Maryland to falsify information on the application to purchase a firearm," Attorney General Curran said. "The system is designed to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people."

All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted Young could be sentenced to a total of 13 years and fined up to $5,000.

The case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit and Firearms Registration Section of the Maryland State Police and will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, in connection with a partnership the two agencies have formed to further efforts to combat illegal firearms trafficking.

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