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Police Seize 19 Guns, Over 1,000 Rounds of Ammunition From Glen Burnie Home

Police responded to the house after a report of shots fired, and later seized several weapons.

Anne Arundel County police are investigating an incident that led officers to seize 19 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from a Glen Burnie home on Thursday.

According to a department press release, officers responded to a residence on the 8000 block of Montague Court for a report of shots fired, and found a man on the porch.

Police questioned the man, and found he was inside his residence when he discharged a gun. The man told police he had accidentally fired an air rifle, but officers located a loaded handgun with a recently-used round.

Detectives determined a round broke through a common wall shared with the man's neighbors, and passed into the neighbor's home. Three adults and three children live in the neighboring home, according to police.

Police arrested Matthew Joseph Klein and he faces charges of reckless endangerment, destruction of property and discharging a firearm within 100 feet of a residence.

The officers eventually received permission to search the rest of the residence, and found two high-powered rifles, two air rifles, a Tec9 assault pistol and 14 handguns, along with more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Police have yet to determine whether Klein legally owns the weapons, according to AACOPD spokesperson T.J. Smith.

"At this point in the investigation I do not have any information to say that the guns were not legally owned," Smith told Patch.

According to online court documents, Klein was charged Wednesday with two counts of keeping a handgun in a vehicle and two counts of keeping a handgun on his person. Smith said this incident was separate from the firing incident.

Larry Brady June 17, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Emotions really charge the air in this one! He was a Dufus for discharging a weapon, even if accidentally, and letting it fire through the wall into a neighbor's home. Bad move, Dufus. And (apparently) keeping two handguns in his car? Really stupid here in the Peoples' Republic of Maryland; you can only transport them to and from a gun store, shooting range, gunsmith, or dog show. Where he was when keeping a handgun on his person? If on his own property, that's within his rights. If not, this IS the Peoples' Republic of Maryland, where honest citizens can't get a permit to carry, whilst hardened criminals don't care. He should have known that. But, 1,000 rounds of ammunition? For 17 firearms that's only about 58 rounds per weapon, and that doesn't mean they actually hold 58 rounds apiece! So just reporting quantity without context tends to scare the anti-gun nuts into further restricting the honest person. He was probably hoarding or just trying to stock up for even leaner times because all the anti-gun legislation caused a shortage of ammunition and rise in its price. No big deal. The rifles are not "Assault Weapons," so they call them "high powered rifles." They look like hunting rifles, high-powered compared to a .22 Long Rifle round, scary the uninformed public and the informed gun-grabbers. I don't own a firearm--yet. Maybe it'll be approved & delivered by Father's Day 2014 if the MD State Police cuts the 7-day waiting period down from 12 weeks.
Jennifer L June 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Very scary ! Excelent job by the officers I do want to give credit where credit is due amen

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