2 in Arundel charged in `straw' buying of guns

April 28, 2001

Two Anne Arundel County residents were arrested yesterday and charged in the illegal acquisition of a shotgun and a handgun in a "straw" purchase this year, authorities said.

Shannon Lee Borum, 25, of Odenton is accused of buying a shotgun and handgun in January and giving them to Eric R. Downey, 22, also of Odenton, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. said in a news release.

Downey was barred from buying weapons because of a juvenile conviction for distributing cocaine, Curran said. Police recovered the handgun from Downey's car and the shotgun from his home.

Borum and Downey were charged with engaging in a straw, or fraudulent, purchase of a firearm.

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