Man arrested after attempt to buy gun

Centre Daily Times, file

A Huntingdon County man was taken to jail after he tried to buy a weapon.

According to state police at Huntingdon, Mark David Drake, 46, of Mount Union, entered the Smithfield Township Walmart on Wednesday. He wanted to buy a gun.

The problem, police say, is that Drake is “the subject of an active protection from abuse order.”

According to Pennsylvania law, the subject of a PFA order could be required to “temporarily relinquish” any firearms in their possession, and could also be prohibited from “acquiring or possessing any firearm during the duration of the order.”

Police said in a release that Drake was taken into custody without incident and transported to Huntingdon County jail.

He did not remain there.

Court records show Drake was charged with a felony count of making a materially false written statement to purchase, deliver or transport a firearm and a misdemeanor count of making a statement under penalty.

He was released without bail pending preliminary hearing.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce