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, a Crofton resident accused of threatening to shoot former employees, 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 arrest on a misdemeanor phone misuse charge, which carries a sentence of up to three years in jail and a $500 fine. 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.