Montgomery County guns case dismissed
A judge has dismissed a case brought by Montgomery County against a company it accused of misusing taxpayer funds in a firearms-selling scheme, the Washington Examiner reports.
Circuit Court Judge Terrence McGann ruled the company Applied Sciences for Public Safety – run by county police officer Aaron Bailey – did not defraud the county when it sold sharply discounted firearms to officers who took expensive training classes funded by the county.
A county investigation faulted lax oversight for allowing 216 Montgomery law enforcement employees to participate in the program that allowed officers to pay $99 for a pistol that retailed for more than $500, and $350 for a rifle that retailed for more than $700, the Post reported in March.
"The county made a decision on its own to reimburse folks for attending the classes," McGann said, according to the Examiner. "The county wasn't forced to make this payment. I can only conclude there was an amount of embarrassment by the county that caused them to bring this action."
Federal investigators have launched their own investigation of the program, according to a senior county official.
| June 10, 2010; 6:38 AM ET
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