A Hampstead man, Christopher Scott Shower, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly was in possession of guns and ammunition despite previous convictions and a protective order that barred him from having them.
Shower, 44, of the 600 block of N. Houcksville Road, was charged with one count each of possession of a rifle or shotgun while disqualified, possession of a rifle or shotgun while prohibited by a felony conviction and illegal possession of ammunition. He was being held without bail following a Friday bail review, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, while submitting an application for an interim protective order, a deputy of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office found that Shower was in possession of a firearm through the Maryland Automated Firearms Service System (MAFSS).
A deputy responded to his residence in an attempt to locate him and was not able to make contact in person or by phone. The deputy then sought a search and seizure warrant, according to the statement.
Police located a 12-gauge shotgun, a 22-caliber action rifle, a Winchester lever-action rifle and ammunition under Shower’s bed, according to the statement.
Another resident was present when the warrant was executed, and said the firearms belonged to her. Police seized them because Shower would have likely had ready access to them, according to the statement.
Police found Shower to be prohibited from possession of firearms or ammunition because of two previous assault convictions in Pennsylvania and a protective order issued in Carroll County, according to the statement.
Police determined that the firearm listed in MAFSS was sold by Shower several years earlier. The man in possession of the gun agreed to relinquish it to the Sheriff’s Office and was advised to go through the Maryland State Police licensing division in order to have the gun returned, according to the statement.