2 Va. weapons dealers arrested during gun show

May 30, 1993|By Staff Report

PIKESVILLE -- Two Virginia weapons dealers were arrested yesterday after state authorities said they made illegal sales during a gun show at the Pikesville National Guard Armory.

Keith A. Cumberland, 49, of Manassas, Va., was accused of selling a Beretta small-caliber semiautomatic handgun to an undercover state trooper for $450 shortly before 2 p.m., state police said. He was charged with engaging in the business of selling firearms without a Maryland license, failing to comply with the required seven-day waiting period for handgun sales and failing to complete the required paperwork for a background check of the buyer to the state police.

Mr. Cumberland also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after troopers said they found a loaded .380-caliber handgun in his briefcase. He was being held at the Golden Ring Barracks awaiting an appearance before a Baltimore County court commissioner.

Because Mr. Cumberland is a dealer, he was not protected by a loophole that allows private collectors to avoid the background check and waiting period. The state legislature passed a law in March to close that loophole. It will take effect Oct. 1.

State fire marshals arrested Samuel Carson Harris III, 26, of Ruther Glen, Va., about 4:30 p.m. and charged him with possession of explosives without a license.

Mr. Harris, who fire officials said is president of an organization called American Survivalists, was accused of selling smoke grenades, booby traps and electric matches, which are used to ignite explosives and are considered contraband in Maryland.

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