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

July 5, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that charges were filed against an individual as part of Operation Crime Gun, his illegal gun prosecution initiative. A Criminal Information was filed in Howard County Circuit Court against an individual in connection with his filing of an Application to Purchase a Handgun with the Maryland State Police.

Charles William Morgan, 26, of 132 Baltimore Avenue, Taneytown, was charged in a two count criminal information with Perjury and False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm by claiming on the application submitted April 27, 2001, and which he signed under the penalties of perjury, that he was not the respondent in a Protective Order. In fact, a Protective Order was entered against him, with his consent, on October 5, 2000, by Carroll County District Court Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones and was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun. Morgan is the tenth individual charged with False Application by Curranís Office.

Morgan is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The maximum penalty for a conviction for filing a false application to purchase a firearm is three years incarceration and a $5,000 fine. The maximum penalty for a conviction of Perjury is 10 years incarceration.

This case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit of the Maryland State Police and will be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, Special Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, in connection with a partnership the two agencies have formed to further efforts to combat handgun violations statewide. Funding for Operation Crime Gun comes from a grant received from the Governorís Office on Crime Control and Prevention.