The Montgomery County Police Firearms Investigation Unit consists of five detectives including a Sergeant and a Corporal, a part-time Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy, and a Program Specialist. The unit was formed in January of 2003, just after the Sniper Investigation. Data collected during the Sniper Investigation showed that there were a significant number of people in Montgomery County who possessed firearms illegally. In just three years, the task force has served 235 search warrants, seized 1,049 illegal firearms, and arrested 548 (512 adults, 36 juveniles) individuals.
The following are some notable seizures made by the unit:
• 2006 – 32 firearms and 18 pounds of marijuana.
• 2005 – 24 firearms and bomb making materials from a convicted felon.
• 2005 – 5 firearms from an individual with a mental disability who spoke about killing “Jesus” and a police officer.
• 2004 – 38 firearms from a convicted felon.
• 2003 – 14 firearms from a firearms trafficker. One of which was used to shoot and paralyze a Montgomery County police officer.
• 2003 – 57 firearms from an individual with a mental disability who was threatening neighborhood children.
• 2003 – 94 firearms from a white supremacist including full automatic machine guns.
• 2003 – 73 firearms from a convicted felon.
Lieutenant Dom A. Fazio, Deputy Director of the Criminal Investigations Division stated, “After investigating the sniper incidents in 2002, and learning that there were so many residents illegally possessing guns, it is gratifying to see how our Firearms Investigations Unit has really made a direct impact on the safety of our community.”
Anyone who knows someone who may be illegally in possession of a firearm should call the Firearms Investigations Unit at 301-840-3772. # # #
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