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Two cited for lying on application to purchase firearms in Tamaqua

Published January 10. 2018 08:37AM

Two men were recently cited by Tamaqua police for lying on their applications to purchase a firearm.

Barry Wiliam Fulton, 52, of 189 W. Mountain Top Road, Summit Hill, visited Ed’s Sports Shop, 308 W. Broad St., on Dec. 12, interested in purchasing a Martin/Glenfield Model 60, .22 caliber rifle. When he filled out the ATF and state police forms, he checked the “no” box when asked if he had ever been committed to a mental institution.

Fulton was actually committed to a mental health facility in Lehigh County in 2015.

He was charged with providing false information on a firearms ownership application and making a sworn false statement.

Mark Marion Poehler, 56, no address given, attempted to buy a Glock 36, .45 caliber handgun from Ed’s Sports Shop on Dec. 15. Poehler checked no on the ATF and state police forms in answer to questions about drug use and crime convictions.

Poehler is a known drug abuser, with extensive criminal records in Florida and Massachusetts. He also received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in connection with desertion.

He was charged with providing false information on a firearms ownership application and making a sworn false statement.

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