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

November 19, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a Carroll County man, who was prosecuted as part of his illegal gun prosecution initiative Operation Crime Gun, was convicted for submitting a false application to purchase a handgun.

On April 27, 2001, Charles William Morgan, 27, of 132 Baltimore Avenue, Taneytown, Carroll County, completed an application to purchase a Ruger Super Black Hawk, 44 magnum, at a gun store located in Frederick County. On the application, Morgan denied that he was currently subject to a protective order. That application was then forwarded to the Maryland State Police Firearms Registration Section in Columbia, and that section conducted a background investigation of Morgan. Maryland State Police discovered that Morgan was subject to a protective order that had been issued against him, with his consent, on October 5, 2000, by the Honorable Joanne Ellinghaus-Jones, sitting for the District Court of Carroll County. That protective order was still in effect at the time of his application to purchase the handgun. The woman who filed the petition for a protective order alleged in her petition that Morgan had threatened her with physical harm.

Today, Morgan pled guilty to submitting that false application before the Honorable Lenore R. Gelfman, sitting for the Circuit Court for Howard County. Judge Gelfman sentenced Morgan to a two-year suspended sentence and placed him on five years of supervised probation. As part of that probation, Morgan is required to not possess any firearms, to have a alcohol/drug evaluation, be tested randomly for alcohol/drugs, have a psychological evaluation and follow any treatment as directed, have no adverse contact with the petitioner in the protective order, attend an anger management/domestic violence course, and obtain his GED.

This case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit of the Maryland State Police and was 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.