Baltimore County Man Charged with Violations of Gun
General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Michael Jelani
Johnson was charged in the Circuit Court for
Howard County with making a false statement on an “Affidavit
and Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm,” Perjury
on an affidavit required by law and Attempting to Illegally Possess
a Regulated Firearm.
The charges allege
that on or about November 6, 2006, Michael Jelani Johnson executed
an “Affidavit and Application to
Purchase a Regulated Firearm” in which he falsely affirmed
that he had not ever been convicted of a felony and that he was
not a respondent against whom a current civil protective order
had been entered. The Affidavit and Application was filed with
and disapproved by the Maryland State Police Firearms Registration
Section in Howard County. No trial date has been set.
False statement on
an “Affidavit and Application to Purchase
a Regulated Firearm” is punishable by a maximum sentence
of three (3) years and a fine of $5000. Perjury on an affidavit
required by law is punishable by a maximum sentence of ten (10)
years. Common law attempt to illegally possess a regulated firearm
is punishable by a maximum sentence of five (5) years.
This case will be prosecuted by the Firearms Trafficking Unit
of the Office of the Attorney General. Attorney General Gansler
thanked Assistant Attorney General Clarence Goetz for his work
on this 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.