Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Georgetown man charged with multiple weapons violations
GEORGETOWN (Nov. 20, 2013) – DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents on Nov. 15 arrested a Georgetown man with a prior felony conviction on multiple weapons violations during a routine check of deer hunters in Redden State Forest.
Bruce A. Taylor, 57, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited and one count of possession of ammunition by a person prohibited. Thirteen weapons were seized as evidence. Taylor was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $7,000 unsecured bond pending trial at a later date.
“Persons with prior felony convictions are prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, including all firearms and any type of bow – compound, recurve or crossbow – period,” said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. “Some hunters with a past felony on their records may not stop and think that this means they cannot legally go hunting with a firearm or bow.”
Penalties for violations range from probation and fines to jail sentences.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx.
Vol. 43, No. 443