County Man Charged with Violations of Gun Laws
Maryland Attorney General, Douglas F. Gansler, announced today
that Robert Lee Bowman, Jr. was charged in Howard County Circuit
Court with making a false statement on an Affidavit and Application
to Purchase a Regulated Firearm, Perjury and Attempting to Illegally
Possess a Regulated Firearm.
The charges allege that on or about October 21, 2006 Robert Lee
Bowman, Jr. executed an Affidavit and Application to Purchase a
Regulated Firearm in which he falsely affirmed that he was not
a person against whom a current civil protective order had been
entered. The application was disapproved by the Maryland State
Police Firearms Registration Section in Howard County. No trial
date has been set.
False statement on an Application to Purchase a Regulated is
punishable by a maximum sentence of three (3) years in prison and
a fine of $5000. Perjury is punishable by a maximum sentence of
ten (10) years in prison. Common law attempt to illegally possess
a regulated firearm is punishable by a maximum sentence of five
(5) years in prison.
The pending case will be prosecuted by the Firearms Trafficking
Unit of the Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General
Gansler thanked Assistant Attorney General Clarence Goetz for
his work on the case. A criminal charge
is merely an accusation of wrongdoing and the defendant is presumed innocent
unless the State proves him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.