Bel Air man charged in Elkton for alleged unregistered handgun

A Bel Air man was charged in Elkton Sunday with possession of an illegal handgun, according officials from the Maryland State Police.

Gregory A. Bem, 27, of the 2100 block of Robertson Road, was charged with illegal possession of a handgun in a vehicle and illegal possession of a handgun by a person, according to court documents.

Bem, who was driving a gray Kia, was stopped on Route 272 near Route 274 by a trooper with the North East Barrack.

According to state police, the vehicle's registration was "not on file." The trooper then observed a number of factors indicating criminal activity, according to a news release.

The occupants of the car were asked to get out and the trooper called for a drug sniffing dog, according to the release. Bem, who was in the passenger's side, told the trooper he had a loaded handgun under his jacket.

A Glock, model 23, handgun with 15 rounds of ammunition in a shoulder holster and a second magazine with 13 rounds of ammunition were seized during a search, according to state police.

Bem was taken into custody, police said; he said he does not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Bem was charged and taken to the Cecil County Detention Center Sunday, according to court records.

He posted $10,000 bond and was released, officials from the detention center said. A court hearing is scheduled for May 28 at 8:30 a.m.

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