Man arrested trying to illegally obtain AR-15 style rifles

WMAR - A Carroll County man was arrested after obtaining an AR-15 assault rifle under his mother’s name and parts for another, all while being prohibited to own such weapons.

Jason Paul Kiser, 40, of Taneytown, Md., was charged with a litany of misdemeanor and felony offenses, including three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of illegal possession of a regulated firearm, and two counts of illegal possession of ammunition. 

According to investigators, on May 10 Kiser went to Bollinger’s Gun Shop in Taneytown, Md. with a lower receiver to an AR-15 style rifle. Kiser asked the store owner, Bob Bollinger, to check if the part was stolen, and said he was going to order parts to build the rest of the rifle, asking Bollinger if he would assemble it. Kiser returned later to the store with the parts and another fully assembled AR-15 he wished to have modified. Kiser said he would return the next day to obtain his weapons.

Investigators learned Kiser purchased the fully assembled rifle from Lock Stock and Barrel gun shop in Taneytown, with Kiser’s mother Nancy completing the application for the gun. It was not clear if Nancy Kiser intended to have Jason Kiser take possession of the weapon, but a box of AR-15 parts purchased from Lock Stock and Barrel had “J. Kiser” written on it.

After conducting a check of Kiser’s name through the Maryland Gun Center, it was found that he did not have any firearms registered to his name and that he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to previous convictions.

Kiser had been convicted in 1998 of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, in 1999 of second-degree assault, in 2010 of illegal possession of a firearm, in 2013 of car theft, and in 2014 of burglary. 

Kiser was arrested on May 11 outside of Bollinger’s gun shop prior to picking up his weapons. Police observed a large spring in Kiser’s truck that Bollinger confirmed was part of an AR-15. 

A search of Kiser’s residence produced .223 rifle ammunition, a box of 12 gauge shot gun shells, and a shotgun behind the bed. 

Kiser was taken to Carroll County Central Booking and posted $5,000 bond prior to his hearing in early June. 

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