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Rockport man charged with illegal gun possession

By Stephen Betts | Oct 13, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Maine State Police and Rockport Police conducted a search of a home on Sept. 20.

Rockport — A 50-year-old Rockport man has been charged with a series of criminal offenses including possession of a firearm by a felon.

Sherry D. Morris of Route 1 in Rockport was issued summonses for aggravated forgery, criminal attempt, and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Maine State Police Trooper Adam McNaughton.

The charges came after state police and Rockport police conducted a search of Morris' home on Power House Hill on Sept. 20.

An affidavit filed in the Knox County court by the trooper states that the case was referred to the state agency after it received his name on an FBI list of people rejected for a firearms purchase.

On the application to purchase a firearm, the affidavit stated that he had denied having ever been convicted of a felony even though he had been in 1991 in Arkansas for felony criminal attempt.

Even though he had been unable to purchase the rifle he attempted to buy in May 2020 in Rockland which led to the alert, he had purchased a handgun in March 2020 from the same store. That background check did not raise the previous conviction.

Morris had also received hunting licenses for use of firearms in Maine in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, according to the affidavit.

The evidence log for the search of his home shows that police collected a handgun case, original handgun box, ammunition. and his 2020 hunting license.

He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Nov. 23.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 14, 2020 10:33

If he has a hunting license he can always try to run the game down on foot.

Posted by: Deborah Clarisse Morrison | Oct 13, 2020 13:11

Odd they didn't get the gun.....that's what the charge should be for.  It's not illegal to have the case and box.  I'd be interested to research if it is illegal to have the license.  The law says he can't have the gun if he is a felon...might be legal to have the license but it would be illegal to actually use it with a firearm.   The fault in background check is the FBI's fault, we don't need more laws - we need the ones we have enforced.  SM

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Oct 13, 2020 12:59

HUMMMM, seems like the firearm background checks are not working.

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