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A 39-year-old Edgemere man who claimed to be a police officer while waving a gun outside a Southeast Baltimore bar was arrested early Sunday after police found three loaded handguns in his vehicle, according to records.

Arthur C. Campbell of the 2500 block of N. Snyder Ave. told police that he was trying to break up a fight at the Angel Inn in O'Donnell Heights and showed a membership card for the Police Emerald Society, a fraternal organization for area police officers of Gaelic descent, charging documents show. Witnesses told police he had displayed a gun in the parking lot while arguing with a group of men.

Officers spotted a vehicle about 1 a.m. in the 1200 block of Bonsal St. matching a description given by witnesses. After Campbell denied he had weapons, police conducted a search of the vehicle - which had Emerald Society license plates - and found a loaded .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol inside a black holster, a loaded Browning .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a loaded .44-caliber Magnum revolver, officers wrote in charging documents.

Police also recovered nearly 40 live cartridges of ammunition in the vehicle, records show. He told officers that the guns were not registered, according to documents. Campbell was charged with two handgun violations and released on $50,000 bond, according to records.

According to its Web site, the Police Emerald Society includes active and retired law enforcement personnel, non-law enforcement members who are sponsored by an active member, and auxiliary memberships that are open to the community.

Michael May, an attorney who works with the Emerald Society, said Campbell owns a trucking company and his membership was sponsored by a city police officer. Electronic court records show Campbell has a 1993 conviction for assault and racial/religious harassment. He did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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