Prescott Had Collector Status, Bought Firearms Legally

Maryland State Police said Neil Prescott bought 16 firearms between May of 2011 and July of 2012. He passed all background checks and was permitted to buy more than one gun per month.

Maryland State Police say Neil Prescott legally purchased 16 weapons and component parts between 2011 and 2012, and had obtained collector status that allowed him to buy more than one gun per month. 

Prescott, , did not violate any laws when he bought an array of weapons, including several pistols, revolvers and receivers. Maryland State Police said Prescott passed all background checks required to purchase firearms. His collector status was also properly applied, police said.

Collector status can be granted to to a person who "devotes time and attention to acquiring certain types of regulated firearms for the enhancement of the collector's personal collection," and who does not act as a dealer. Applicants are required to provide a signed and notarized affidavit. 

Prosecutors on Thursday issued a warrant for Prescott's , which carries He was detained last week after police said he threatened former employees at a Pitney Bowes office in Capitol Heights. Police said they believe they may have stopped a potential mass shooting after discovering a collection of weapons inside Prescott's home.

Prescott remains hospitalized voluntarily for a mental health evaluation.

Here's a list of Prescott's purchases, according to the Maryland State Licensing Division. Note that receivers, which house the operating mechanisms, are considered regulated firearms under Maryland state law.

  • May 14, 2011 – Beretta .40 caliber pistol
  • June 30, 2011 – lower receiver

  • August 13, 2011 – Ruger .357 revolver
  • December 10, 2011 – Springfield .9mm pistol
  • April 10, 2011 – five lower receivers
                        - two Kahr Arms 9mm pistols.
  • April 19, 2012 – Saiga .762 caliber rifle

                           - Ruger .45 caliber pistol

  • June 16, 2012 – Beretta 9mm pistol

                           - Sig Sauer 9mm pistol

  • June 20, 2012, and July 14, 2012 – Weapons not yet entered into state database.
todd August 03, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Really? Well I'm glad he was dumb enough to make a threatening call in a way they could trace it back to him. I wish it was possible to have a conversation on how to realistically prevent someone like this from being so well armed, but seems we're too polarized and it always degrades down to name calling and personal attacks. It's a shame...
Chris W August 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Most people who are "well armed" never bother anyone. Im not saying that this guy had mental issues; however, The focus should be on preventing people with mental issues from obtaining firearms.
Jason August 04, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Nobody without a gun ever shot anyone.
Ed Leary August 04, 2012 at 02:19 AM
And no one ever drove an automobile while under the influence and killed someone. My point is that, just like a DUI, this scenario had three inseparable parts, and citing just the gun as the problem, does little if anything to address the other two. To an unstable person REALLY meaning to do harm, the mechanism is just an aftertought.
Safety first August 04, 2012 at 02:28 AM
That's true they just used a knife to kill.
dexter August 04, 2012 at 10:58 AM
This article seems to be making a big deal about the collector status and how he could buy more than one gun a month. From the picture and the description of the guns he purchased, this is really a non issue here. He could have just as well purchased all the same guns buying once a month. The once a month restriction doesn't apply to at least 3 possibly 4 of the guns pictured.
dexter August 04, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Someone like what? What does well armed threaten? How is it any different to have 1 handgun and 1 rifle? How do the others matter? I could have a conversation like that but you have to be reasonable also. Explain how the quantity matters first.
dexter August 04, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Timothy Mcveigh. Is he a great guy because he didn't shoot anybody? Google "happy land fire" you probably like that guy also.
Henry Bowman August 04, 2012 at 05:57 PM
So...you mean he voluntarily signed a document and submitted it to the Maryland State Police so that they would know that he wanted to buy more than one regulated firearm a month? Imagine that. So sneaky <snark>
Tim Lemke (Editor) August 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Dexter - we point out the issue of the collector's status to provide context to how and why he may have owned some of the guns. To get that status, it's another step beyond the typical background check. But it also offers some insight into how it's not necessarily unusual or illegal for a person to own multiple firearms and acquire many within a short period of time. This may be common knowledge among people who own guns. I'm not sure it's common knowledge among people who don't.
Laura Wheeler August 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Yep, owning guns is not the problem! Many more people own and use guns properly than those who do not. I agree, if not the guns he would have found something else.
Ronald August 05, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Good point. Please keep providing this type of information. I still haven't heard from Pitney Bose on why he was fired.
Plasma August 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I'm sorry, but there is no need for someone to own that many firearms!
McGibblets August 05, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Plasma, you forgot the "in my opinion" part of your statement.
Chris W August 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM
You may have no need for them, but you have no right to infringe on the rights of others simply because you don't "see the need"
John M. Lee August 05, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Yea, this Plasma joker seems to think the world should be ran through her/his eyes, because it's the rightious and only way, all others are far to inferior. PLASMA YOUR A MORON.
Shade55 August 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Hey Plasma I will own as many guns as I want ! It is my right as a American. You really need a break on the computer I think it is overloading your mind ! Once again John is right on with his comment!
Laura Wheeler August 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Lots of people I know own lots of different types of guns and they would never use them other than for the sport of shooting them. Shooting is an enjoyable sport and shooting different types/caliber of guns is also enjoyable.
McGibblets August 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Speaking of and sorry for a little off topic, but does anyone know of a decent place to go shoot clay pigeons or skeet shoot (no jokes please) locally with shotguns? I know of the local indoor ranges but sometimes its nice to get the long barrells out and shoot moving targets! Thanks in advance Mr McGibblets
John M. Lee August 05, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Prince Georges County Trap and Skeet in Greenbelt.
McGibblets August 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thank you kind sir!
todd August 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Unfortunately Ronald you only prove my point. Look at my post, does it say anything about taking away all gun rights? I am comfortable with responsible gun owners owning appropriate weapons for protection if they so choose, same with collectors. I am uncomfortable that police went to search a home of someone of questionable mental status not knowing he was that well armed. The conversation I want to have to try and find a way to prevent people intending to great harm from amassing a collection of weapons and ammunition. Instead you've jumped to conclusions, insulted a stranger, read things you wanted to see in my reply to advance a personal point of view. It is that discourse in the country, the "winner takes it all" mentality with no middle ground, that only like-minded people have anything to contribute to a conversation, the inability to look at opinions you don't agree with to see if they can help refine your thinking, etc. that leaves me so disheartened.
dexter August 06, 2012 at 12:31 AM
How many are OK? He was a collector as designated by the state police and the background check that is required for that.
Plasma August 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
You "people" ever heard of an opinion? Gun toting rednecks...Oh how I love getting people fired up. Smile and have a great day!
Ronald August 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
You are indeed sorry. There is also no 'need' for some to have as much money, or land, or other things as they have. And what about kids? Let's limit those as well. You are you to decide what others are entitled to.
SpyvSpy August 06, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Guess this Redneck took the meaning GEEETTTT R DOOOOONE to a whole new level.
Ronald August 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Todd - Good points. I will reconsider. Ronald
Tommy Warshaw III August 06, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Ron, you truly are the poorest representation of the American veteran population that I have ever experienced. You speak often of rights, and yet have forgotten those rights you fought for apply to all Americans, not just those you agree with. You spout on and on (quite childishly) about freedoms and rights while trampling on the rights of others to have an opinion that differs from your own. Maybe you if actually tried reading and comprehending others' posts before ranting like a raving lunatic, you might actually learn something. Forgive me if I don't hold my breath though while waiting for that to happen.
fred quimby August 06, 2012 at 06:27 PM
does it matter how many guns he had? after all, he can only shoot one at a time [2 if they are handguns]


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