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Posted at 6:38 AM ET, 06/10/2010

Montgomery County guns case dismissed

By Mike McPhate

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.

Read the Washington Examiner report.


By Mike McPhate  | June 10, 2010; 6:38 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  guns, montgomery county  
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Comments

LOL - poor MoCO. I wonder how much tax money got wasted on this latest anti-gunowner jihad. And this time the gunowners were police officers.

Posted by: k_romulus | June 10, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Now MoCo will take its tax dollars out of the pockets of their hard-working police force and give it to a bunch of lawyers.

Posted by: lsbg_t | June 10, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

the expensive training classes sure look like a scam when you throw in that gun deal kickback offered to attendee's.
I'd like to see documentation from the seller to see how much below actual cost (not retail) they were being sold to the officer's for.

I'm all for police getting extra training, but there needs to be oversight.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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