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Fairplay man convicted of lying on gun application

March 29, 1999

In the wake of last week's Maryland State Police shake-up over poorly-administered background checks for gun buyers, a Fairplay man appeared in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday on a charge of lying on his application to buy a gun.

Mark Alan McCarter, 40, of 2852 Fairplay Road, Fairplay, was given a 60-day suspended sentence, fined $100 and placed on probation for one year.

According to a report to Anthony Park of the state police firearms unit, McCarter filled out an application to buy a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun in February, 1998, at the Arrow and Bullet on Concord Street.

On the application, McCarter answered "no" to the question about whether he had ever been convicted of a crime of violence, court records said.

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The seven-day delay for a background check revealed that in February, 1997, McCarter had been convicted of reckless endangerment in Washington County Circuit Court.

Last week, three high-ranking MSP officials were transferred within the agency after it was learned that a backlog of background checks had resulted in completed gun sales to a number of convicted criminals.

Most of the guns were recovered.

Marlo Barnhart

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