Ex-cameraman charged with selling guns

January 13, 1995|By Brad Snyder | Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer

A former WMAR-TV cameraman was charged yesterday with selling guns without a state license, a day after he was fired from his job at Channel 2.

Eric Anton Perry, 42, of the 3700 block of Oak Ave. turned himself in to Baltimore County police at the Woodlawn Precinct about 3 p.m. after a warrant was issued for his arrest earlier in the day, authorities said.

The TV station's general manager, Joe Lewin, declined to comment on the reason for Mr. Perry's dismissal. "It's an employee matter," he said. "We just don't comment about that at all."

On Friday, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Baltimore County searched Mr. Perry's Lochearn home, seizing some papers and between 16 and 20 guns, ATF spokesman Roy Cheeks said last night. Mr. Perry has a federal gun dealer's license but not a state one that allows him to sell firearms in Maryland, Mr. Cheeks said.

"This investigation is part of an ongoing effort by ATF to ensure that all federally licensed firearm dealers are in compliance with federal, state and local laws," Mr. Cheeks said.

The federal agency conducted the investigation with Baltimore County and city police after a gun used in a city robbery last month was traced to Mr. Perry, Mr. Cheeks said.

Mr. Perry was released on personal recognizance after a hearing before a county District Court commissioner yesterday evening. His trial was scheduled for March 27.

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