June 9, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
WOMAN CONVICTED OF
SUBMITTING FALSE APPLICATION TO BUY A HANDGUN
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Iva Theresa Cruse,
55, of 3726 East Lombard Street in Baltimore, was found guilty of
False Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm before the Honorable
Lenore R. Gelfman in the Circuit Court for Howard County. Judge
Gelfman imposed a sentence of two years in the Department of Corrections,
with all of that time being suspended, and placed Cruse on one year
of supervised probation. Furthermore, Cruse was advised that possession
of any firearms or ammunition would violate a condition of her probation.
facts presented to the Court were that on September 14, 1996, Cruse
was found guilty in the District Court for Baltimore City of committing
the crimes of Malicious Destruction over $300, and Theft over $300.
The guilt finding was stricken at that time, and Cruse was given
Probation Before Judgment. On February 3, 1998, however, the District
Court found Cruse violated the terms of her probation, and the guilt
findings were reimposed and she was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
November 29, 2002, Cruse entered The Gun Shop, located in Essex,
and attempted to buy a Taurus 9mm handgun. In order to buy a regulated
firearm in Maryland, a purchaser is required to complete a Federal
and State application. When completing both forms, Cruse denied
that she had a previous felony conviction. The state application
was then forwarded to the Maryland State Police Firearms Registration
Section, located in Howard County. The Firearms Registration Section
is charged with the duty of reviewing every such application no
matter where in the State it is first completed by the purchaser.
Upon examination of her application, and after completion of a background
check, her prior felony conviction was discovered by the Maryland
State Police and her application was disapproved as this conviction
prohibits her from owning a handgun under Federal and State law.
case was investigated by the Firearms Enforcement Section of the
Maryland State Police and was prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney
General, Firearms Trafficking Unit, Criminal Investigations Division.
Funding for the Firearms Trafficking Unit comes from grants received
from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and
the Maryland State Police Cease Fire Council.