Convicted Felon Charged with Pawning Guns

Michael W. Collins

Michael W. Collins

Michael W. Collins (39 y.o.a. from St. Albans) was charged on Friday with three counts of Prohibited Possession of a Firearms after allegedly pawning a gun on three separate occasions during the month of December 2015.  An investigation revealed Collins pawned a firearm on December 4th, December 16th, and December 22nd all at the Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry & Loan at 101 MacCorkle Avenue in St. Albans.

Sgt. P. A. Bass obtained a warrant for the arrest of Collins on the evening of Friday February 5th.  He was arrested without incident at his residence on Friday at about 9:30pm by officers of the St. Albans Police Department including the department’s Special Enforcement Unit.

Collins was convicted of a felony drug charge on March 11, 2014.  Since this underlying felony charge is a drug charge involving marijuana, under WV state law it is ONLY a MISDEMEANOR for person with such a conviction to possess a firearm.  He faces a fine of 90 days to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of $100-$1000 fine.

The investigation continues.  Consultation will be sought with the US Attorney’s Office regarding possibly charges under Federal law which would be a felony.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


(If the earlier drug conviction involved any other Schedule I drug besides marijuana, any Schedule II or III drug,  a felony crime of violence, or a felony sexual offense,  possession a firearm under WV state law would be a felony and punishable up to five years in jail and/or a fine up to $5000.)

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