Gun Fire Rings in the New Year in Baltimore

Gun Fire Rings in the New Year in Baltimore
Gun Fire Rings in the New Year in Baltimore

Baltimore Maryland-( Baltimore City Police arrested a Baltimore City man who was ringing in the New Year by firing his Hi-Point C9 handgun into the air.

Gary Watts, 44-years old, was apprehended shortly after midnight by the Eastern District Action Team officers who were on patrol in the area.

The Baltimore Action Teams are at work in the city’s most violent areas. These teams patrol in uniform and these units do not respond to calls for service. The officers personally witnessed Watts firing his “Muddy Girl Camo” 9mm handgun into the air. They moved in and arrested him on multiple firearms violation.

The Hi-Point police recovered from the scene had the serial number filed off of the frame. In addition to the pistol, police also found that Watts was in possession of a .44 magnum revolver, and a DPMS AR-15. Watts had all his guns loaded.

It appears that Watts may have also fired the AR-15. Police were able to recover seven spent rifle casings from the scene of the celebratory gunfire. Watts was also in possession of a 30-round magazine for the AR-15, which is also illegal under Maryland law.

Watts wasn’t the only person in Baltimore that was celebrating on New Year’s Eve by firing a gun into the air. Just blocks away from where police arrested Watts, a 14-year-old boy was grazed in the head by a bullet that an unknown suspect shot into the air. Police do not think the two cases are connected.

There were several other cases of celebratory gunfire within the city. In those cases, the gunfire didn’t hurt anyone. Police have not been able to determine who fired those shots either.

In addition to the 14-year-old, there were six other people shot on New Year’s Eve within the city limits. Police found a 17-year-old male shot earlier in the night. Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the teen dead.

Police believe that the victim of the shooting was targeted by the shooter but have not released any other information on the motive since it is an ongoing open case.

Maryland has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Even with these regulations that Democrats claim make the city safer, Baltimore has a murder rate many times higher than the national average.

Last year the city saw 308 murders. Medical examiners ruled that a man killed in 2007 was a murder so that case brings the official number of murders to 309. In 2017 Baltimore was ranked seventh in murders per capita.
On New Year’s Day Baltimore saw its first murder of the year. An unknown suspect shot a 28-year-old man. First responders transported the man to a local shock trauma facility where he later died.

Gun rights activist point to the data as a failure of gun control in Maryland. They claim that the statistics show that gun control in the state has had little to no effect on gun violence.

Police transported Watts to Central Booking where they charged him with various gun crimes. Authorities are currently holding him city jail. The exact charges are unknown.

About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at

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I had watched an series about Baltimore city and the life of people living in it . I was surprised to see that people in USA were this much advanced.

Attitude Status in English


The point of a Constitution and Bill of Rights is that a majority cannot change the laws or procedures.If 60% of the citizens, voters, or just residents in a state wanted sex between 12 year old children and adults to be legal that is the kind of law that could be passed since the constitution does not mention sexual activity or age except a person must be 35 to be elected President. But those things that are mentioned in the Bill of Rights cannot be legislated against by a majority.


We (family) used to take a vacation to the Inner Harbor about every other year. NO MORE… I cannot carry my LEGAL firearm due to the states Dem/lib driven STUPID laws that punish the law abiding citizen, and the inner harbor area being a chosen hunting area (tourist rich, but dwindling) for the Maryland thugs.and beggars. THE thugs are armed with their illegal/stolen weapons and I am not permitted to protect my family with a registered, legal carried weapon. I will invest my vacation money (a few thousand) in states that allow ME the rights given in the Constitution and… Read more »

Jim Macklin

I’m guess, mind you, just guessing, all the guns were stolen and drugs were used to pay some back alley merchant with a long criminal record for the guns. I’m sure there is a flourishing stolen gun on demand market in Baltimore, NYV, Trenton and Chicago. “Wanted, a untraceble gun for protect of crack merchant, recently a resident of the sanctuary city. ” Gun laws are INTENDED to increase crime. The gangsters want licensing because it makes them special. 100 years ago the Sullivan Law [ NYC] was intended so Tim Sullivan could issue a license to his gang members… Read more »


Bloxam: That’s not koolaid GWD is drinking. It’s ketamine and ball-juice.


A week or so ago Ammoland had an article about Baltimore and their gun “buy back”. Taxpayers money going for old worthless parts of guns and this article points out that it really did do a good job of stopping problems. (sar)


Darwinism is alive and well in America! Ole Forrest pegged it: “Stupid is as Stupid does!” There are millions of people in the country that should wear a ‘shock collar,’ that when they come within 20 feet of ANY firearm they would be shocked into unconsciousness!


Naaaa, make it an EXPLODING collar !!!! Now THAT would end the nonstop repeating criminal problem.


Possession of a 30-round magazine is not a crime in Maryland. It is illegal to purchase; not to possess. Maryland is not New Jersey… yet.

Dave in Fairfax

It’s close, here’s the law.
Maryland prohibits anyone from manufacturing, receiving, purchasing, transferring, selling, or offering for sale any detachable magazine that can hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition for a firearm (Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-305(b)). The ban does not apply to .22 caliber rifles with a tubular magazine (Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-305(a)).

Webfoot Logger

Almost certain that one of the charges will (or should be) felon in possession of a firearm . . . 3 counts.

Of course, being a liberal stronghold, this will not happen.

J Gibbons

How will more gun laws stop someone who has already decided to break numerous existing laws? Dems pushing for more of the same laws fall into Einstein’s definition of insanity: do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Criminals break laws. More laws won’t stop that.

Richard L

Hmmmm…..No mug shot, Baltimore, right?

Scotty Gunn

As soon as I read a Hi-point , I knew.

Longhaired Redneck

After ‘Hi-Point’, I was still unsure. When it was revealed that the serial number had been removed, I became certain…

Phil Bloxam

He should be arrested! Unlawful discharge of a weapon amongst other things. The thing I don’t give two hoots about is that you support stricter gun laws. Good for you. Not going to happen anytime soon.

The Green Watch Dog

And well he should have been arrested. Lets hope he is convicted, and punished ceremoniously. This is a prime example of why I support stricter gun laws. Do any of the self entitled pro gun activist (especially the ones named Homer Simpson reading this forum) know why if is a bad idea to fire a weapon up in the air? Especially with others around? BTW, it includes a bow and arrow, or rock.


Look it’s the GreenWitheringDick. GWD should move to Baltimore of Chicago… no, no LA! More licking there in Kalilfuku.


Stricter gun laws for what? he done broke every law as it was there bright one.


He6 sca5 for brains. Don’t put words in my mouth! Ima big boy, and can speak for myself! Of course this idiot needs to go to jail. He broke a bunc( of laws, including defacing t(e serial number on a firearm. Tha5 happens to be a federal violation!
As the old saying goes….” You’re not the brightest bulb on the string, are you?


You did see that he took the serial number OFF the pistol right? most likely he should not have had one

Ron Binnie

With roughly 23,000 gun laws on the books around the country (city, county, state and federal) what laws are you proposing. Lawful gun owners are the least likely to violate the law, so explain the need for more laws. Also, why are the cities with the most laws highest in crime rates?
What would you say if I told you that we should restrict your rights under the first amendment to advocate for more gun laws. Please read some history on why the second amendment was added to our constitution.

Robert Lucas

@ Green Watch Dog; Ignorance is not an excuse at usurping firearm laws, considering that there are already over 20,000+ laws already in existence. The National Rifle Association and other pro-firearms groups have often cited the 20,000 firearms laws that are already on the books as reasons why more enforcement, not more legislation, is the answer to curb firearm violence. Illegal firearms use is violence in its rawest state. It looks like “common sense gun laws” already exist for the law-abiding citizens that have chosen to exercise their second amendment rights. So why have the activists, politicians and alike, not… Read more »


Stricter gun laws would only have added a few more Mickey Mouse violations to his already extsneive laundry list. Wonder how drunk he was….. If he lived on the south side of Bozeman Montana and fired a few off into the air, not as big a deal. But in Balto, any directioin for miles will be heavily populated. Dumb actions on his part. So, Mr. Green Mountain, WHAT new gun laws would you propose that would have PREVENTED this guy doing such stupid stuff? Smoehow, in spite of MD’s strict laws he had the guns….. wiped number and all……. he… Read more »

The Green Watch Dog

I don’t I have to recite what stricter gun laws that are coming to a town near you. Sit back and accept them. It is really simple. Again, the majority in this great nation support stricter laws. How will they be enforced? Certainly not by tapping on your door.


@TGWD; Your comment about “the majority in this great nation support stricter laws” should state “THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT THE SECOND AMENDMENT AS IT WAS WRITTEN”.
Let’s all sit back and allow the “politicians” create ILLEGAL LAWS that LIMIT your First Amendment Rights !!!!!!

Phil Bloxam

The majority? Don’t think so GWD. Keep drinking the koolaid…

Green Mtn. Boy

Phil Bloxam

If GWD can’t drink enough of the Kool Aid he can always bathe in it,of course while sipping it out of the tub.


Hey Comrade! There’s no sperm here for you. Barry and Michael Sotero sucked it all away. Buttttt….. I am sure if look around yourself there’s a load of dried bodily waste of yours around to lick up.

To think of it I’ve heard about you trolling golf courses and parks pretending to be a ball washing station. LA or NYC wasn’t it? No, no it must be Kalifuku.

Robert Lucas

Green Watch Dog;
Weapon prohibitionists can be broken down into seven major categories. Even though their motives may vary they all pose a mortal threat to liberty. Tell me which one do you qualify under?



gwd: none cares what d-suckers like you think or say

Get Out

GWD you’re always willing to prostrate yourself before your gun control masters, I’m sure they’ll reward you well later.
Please show us proof where you dreamed this lie up? “Again, the majority in this great nation support stricter laws.”

The Gree Watch Dog

Get Out, One source that I have already provided is the PEW Institute. One member on this forum commented that this organization is biased. Not true! He pulled up some fake news that he got from a pro gun biased source. Even the NRA published a report back in 2013 pages, pages and pages of companies, organizations, media, and well known celebrities that support gun control. Our President (a Republican BTW) signed an executive order banning bump stocks. In addition, I read on this forum, comments of a growing number of Republicans supporting gun control. But do you and every… Read more »


@GetOut: Don’t waste your time on the troll ‘GreenWitheringDick’. He’s sounds just like type that think little boys should be made dress in drag and dance for dollars for adults. Like LGBTQM. That’s Lord Gayness Barry & The Queen Michael. Hey ‘GreenWitheringDick’. If you like really like restriction. I’d suggest hand (behind your back) & ankle restraints for you. 1. First lock your home then flush all the keys including those for the restraints. 2. Destroy all your phones, pc’s and/or tablets. 3. Apply your fore-mentioned restraints and for good measure bind your mouth (after putting a sock in it.)… Read more »

Jim Macklin

The point of a Constitution and Bill of Rights is that a majority cannot change the laws or procedures.If 60% of the citizens, voters, or just residents in a state wanted sex between 12 year old children and adults to be legal that is the kind of law that could be passed since the constitution does not mention sexual activity or age except a person must be 35 to be elected President. But those things that are mentioned in the Bill of Rights cannot be legislated against by a majority. Because the U.S. Second Amendment wasn’t “incorporated” prior to 2008/2010… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy


Please do not mistake me for GreenWitheringDick. GWD,as he and I have nothing in common other than the Green.
I know that with the greens it’s just a mistake,below is a bit of history of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys,antithetical to every thing CWD states in his posts.

Ethan Allen quotes