First Mariner CEO receives probation before judgment in BWI gun incident

Hale also fined for what he called oversight

February 22, 2011

The chairman and chief executive officer of First Mariner Bancorp was granted probation before judgment Tuesday on a charge of having a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage earlier this month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to court records.

Edwin F. Hale, 64, who also owns the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, was placed on one year of unsupervised probation by a judge in the Glen Burnie District Court and fined $342.50, court records show.

Hale previously said he was at the airport Feb. 4 to go to Milwaukee for a Blast match and called having the weapon with him "a major oversight" — he said he meant to leave behind the .38-caliber revolver that he regularly carries in his briefcase. Hale previously said that in his rush to get to the airport, he forgot to remove the weapon. He also said he has long had a right-to-carry permit.

Hale was stopped at a security checkpoint in the Southwest Airlines terminal, according to Maryland Transportation Authority Police. He was detained and issued a summons charging him with interference with security, and he missed the flight to the game.

According to the federal Transportation Security Administration, travelers may take only unloaded guns in checked luggage and must "declare all firearms" to the airline in advance. The weapons must be in locked, hard-sided cases, and each airline has its own set of rules in addition to those of the federal government.

Hale also chairs the Baltimore Convention and Tourism Board.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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