High court finds ‘constructive possession,’ reinstates drug, gun convictions
A sharply divided Maryland high court has reinstated drug- and gun-possession convictions of Hyattsville roommates, saying a jury validly concluded they had “constructive possession” of the contraband in the one-bedroom apartment’s common areas, including the kitchen, bathroom and a hallway closet.
Handgun found under dumpster at Md. elementary school
ANNAPOLIS — Police say a handgun was found under a dumpster at an Annapolis elementary school. The Capital reports the gun was found Wednesday morning at Georgetown East Elementary School. Police say officers responded shortly before 7:40 a.m. after a custodian told them he found a 9mm Ruger revolver under a dumpster on the side […]
Record-keeping biggest concern for Maryland State Police following audit
Bookkeeping errors by the Maryland State Police contributed to what looked to be questionable spending and inaccurate handgun records, according to an audit released Tuesday. The audit found the department had been lumping together expenditures in its state accounting records rather than identifying the specific activities it was spending money on. That practice resulted in […]
Gun makers compete to supply Army with replacement for Beretta M9
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Firearms manufacturers are competing for a rare chance to sell the U.S. Army a new handgun that would replace its current Cold War-era model, and they must meet a lengthy list of requirements to win the lucrative deal. The Army wants an easier-to-shoot handgun that can inflict more damage on […]
TREVIN JENKINS v. STATE OF MARYLAND
The State did not introduce evidence sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Jenkins used a handgun in the shooting; his conviction for use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence is reversed.
Court again rejects challenge to handgun permit law
The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a New Jersey law that requires a “justifiable need” to carry a handgun in public, sidestepping a dispute over the scope of the Constitution’s gun-rights protections.
Editorial: Good and substantial reason
Kris Lee Abbott was a dangerous man. Any dispute about that was put to rest last month, when he pushed his wife, used a pipe to beat his parents and then headed to his own home, where, police say, he shot and killed himself.
Applicants exempt from qualification license
Residents who have submitted handgun purchase applications before new requirements go into effect Oct. 1 will not have to obtain a handgun qualification license, Maryland State Police said Tuesday. The new law has prompted a huge increase in applications for firearm purchases, and a backlog has resulted. In the last two weeks, troopers said applications […]
Killer gets 23 years on federal handgun charge
A Baltimore man awaiting sentencing on a murder conviction has been sentenced to 23 years in prison on a federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Alleged Perry Hall shooter indicted on 29 counts
A 15-year-old high school sophomore was indicted Tuesday on 29 counts related to the shooting of a classmate at Perry Hall High School, and the charging document alleges that the teen intended to kill eight other people. A Baltimore County grand jury indicted Robert Wayne Gladden Jr., on nine counts of attempted murder, nine counts […]
4th Circuit reinstates law on concealed-carry permits
An appellate court has stopped the clock from ticking on a federal judge’s order that gave Maryland two weeks to change the rules for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Despite appeal, Maryland must change handgun permit law
The state has two weeks to change its handgun-permit process, under a ruling by the same U.S. District Court judge who found the current law violates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.