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A judge ordered Wednesday that Johnson Patrick Weber, 59, of Mechanicsville remain in jail in lieu of $25,000 bond on weapons charges filed by Maryland State Police in court papers alleging a raid last month at the suspect’s home seized 51 guns including a stolen Beretta 12-gauge shotgun.
Weber is prohibited from owning firearms because of a guilty plea in 2004 to a charge of second-degree assault, court papers state, and during the Sept. 7 raid at the home on Foley Mattingly Road, he told police that he “has been an avid hunter and gun collector since his childhood.”
“Weber denied knowing that he was prohibited from possessing firearms in this state,” Trooper Matthew Davis wrote in a charges application. “Weber further stated that many of the firearms had been parts of numerous trades conducted with various individuals in the Southern Maryland area.”
The shotgun had been reported stolen in May 2011 to Charles County sheriff’s deputies, court papers state.