August 5, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CONVICTED OF SUBMITTING FALSE APPLICATION
TO PURCHASE HANDGUN
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that the Firearms
Trafficking Unit has obtained a conviction against a man for submitting
a false application to purchase a handgun to the Maryland State
Otis Blann, 30365 Harris Range Road, Cordova, pled guilty to False
Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm before the Honorable
Diane O. Leasure, sitting for the Circuit Court for Howard County.
Blann was sentenced to two years of incarceration, with all of that
time being suspended, and he was placed on two years of supervised
probation. He was also ordered not to have any adverse contact with
the petitioner in the protective order during the period of probation.
September 20, 2002, a woman who had lived with Blann and had a child
in common with him, filed a Petition for Protective Order claiming
that on different occasions he had assaulted her and a new boyfriend
in her home, kept her confined against her will in a car, and made
threats on her life and their child's life. The District Court for
Maryland in Queen Anne's County issued an Ex-Parte Protective Order
that day, and held a Protective Order hearing on September 27, 2002.
The Defendant did not appear for that hearing, and the Court granted
a Protective Order that would last until September 1, 2003.
that same day, Blann filed a Petition to Rescind the Protective
Order, claiming that he was mistakenly in the wrong courtroom. After
filing that motion, he called the petitioner and began angrily yelling
at her. She informed him that he was violating the protective order,
and then called the police. After an Easton police officer contacted
Blann, he stopped any further contact. On September 30, 2002, the
District Court ordered that a hearing be scheduled in order to hear
the defendant's Petition to Rescind Protective Order.
October 5, 2002, the defendant went to Chesapeake Guns in Stevensville,
and applied to purchase a Rock Island, .45 caliber pistol. When
filling out a Maryland State Police Application to Purchase a Regulated
Firearm, the defendant responded no' to the question, "Are
you a respondent against whom a current non ex-parte civil protective
order has been entered under Section 4-506 of the Family Law Article?"
He then swore under the penalty of perjury that his answers were
truthful. Additionally, when filling out the Federal Form 4473 that
must also be completed, he responded no' to the question,
"Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing,
stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child
of such partner?" That application was then forwarded to the
Maryland State Police, and they determined that he was still subject
to an active protective order that was in effect until September
1, 2003. His application to buy a gun was then denied, and the Maryland
State Police Firearms Enforcement Section began an investigation
of Blann. On October 8, 2002, the District Court in Queen Anne's
County did grant his request for a new trial. Once again, the court
made a finding that reasonable grounds existed to believe an assault
had occurred, and issued a new Protective Order that is in effect
until September 1, 2003.
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.