A Taneytown man was arrested on gun-related charges for allegedly possessing AR-15 style guns.
Jason Paul Kiser, 40, of the 4000 block of Francis Scott Key Highway, was charged with three counts of possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm and two counts of illegal possession of ammunition.
On May 10, members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit began partnering with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in regard to an investigation into Kiser, according to the statement of probable cause.
It was learned prior to the May 10 investigation that Kiser had purchased a lower receiver to an AR-15 style rifle and brought it to Bollinger's Gun Shop in Taneytown, according to the statement. Bob Bollinger, owner of the shop, said Kiser asked him to check and see if the lower was stolen and also said he was going to order parts to have a full rifle built and asked Bollinger to assemble it for him, according to the statement.
On or around May 10, Kiser delivered the parts to Bollinger along with another fully assembled AR-15 style rifle that he requested modifications to be done, according to the statement. Kiser said he would pick up both firearms on May 11.
It was learned that Kiser purchased the second rifle from Lock Stock and Barrel gun shop in Taneytown, according to the statement. Kiser's mother, Nancy Kiser, completed an application and purchased the gun on May 1, according to the statement. It is unknown if Kiser's mother purchased the second rifle for her son to take possession of, though the box of parts that were purchased from Lock Stock and Barrel had "J. Kiser" written on the box, according to the statement.
A deputy with the Sheriff's Office completed a check on Kiser through the Maryland Gun Center and found he did not have any firearms registered to him, and also found he is prohibited from possessing firearms due to multiple previous convictions, according to the statement.
On May 11, the deputy, along with members of the Repeat Offender Unit, began surveilling Kiser, and at about 1 p.m., the deputy and a detective saw Kiser's vehicle arrive at Bollinger's gun shop, according to the statement. Kiser was taken into custody outside the gun shop before he went inside to obtain the rifles, according to the statement.
The deputy then observed the inner workings of a rifle sitting on the passenger seat of Kiser's car, according to the statement. Kiser granted consent to search his truck, where the deputy saw the rifle spring and other rifle parts.
Bollinger, when questioned, told the deputy Kiser said he would bring the spring and other parts to install on the rifle, according to the statement.