April 29, 2004
AIRY MAN CONVICTED OF ALLOWING A CHILD ACCESS TO LOADED FIREARMS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announces today that Amir H. Tabassi,
of Mt.Airy, Maryland was convicted by a Carroll County
jury of one count of reckless endangerment and eleven counts of
allowing a child access to loaded firearms.
Testimony by Corporal Frank Lopez, the lead investigator, and other
members of the Maryland State Police Firearms Enforcement Section
revealed that when they executed a search and seizure warrant at
Mr. Tabassi's home they found a 12 year old girl sleeping in his
bed next to two loaded handguns which were positioned within inches
of her. Also next to the bed were three loaded machine guns. In
all there were ten loaded firearms located inside the room with
the child. Another loaded machine gun was in another bedroom across
the hall from where the child was sleeping.
The defendant faces a possible maximum prison sentence of five
years and fines totaling $16,000.00.
Judge Vincent J. Femia did not set a sentencing date because of
other pending matters. At this time the child is not living with
The case was prosecuted by attorneys from the Firearms Trafficking
Unit of the Attorney General's office with the assistance of the
Maryland State Police. The Firearms Trafficking Unit is funded
by a grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.