Temple Hills Man Charged with Violations of Gun Laws
General Douglas F. Gansler announced today that Lawrence Edward
Riddick, Jr. 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 October 27, 2006, Lawrence
Edward Riddick, Jr. executed an “Affidavit and Application to Purchase a Regulated Firearm” in
which he falsely affirmed 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 sent.
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.