Arsenal of weapons recovered from Clarksburg H.S. student’s home

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Tuesday, a judge ruled to hold 18-year-old Alwin Chen without bond in Montgomery County, after he was deemed to be a threat to public safety.

Chen is accused of bringing a loaded handgun to Clarksburg High School last Thursday, just one day after the Valentine's Day school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.

“The original story was he had actually brought the gun because he attended to target practice or shooting after school… that story did evolve.”, explained Montgomery County State's Attorney, John McCarthy.

In fact, according to court documents, Chen would later report feeling anxious during social interactions between himself and other students.

According to McCarthy, Chen had written out a list of grievances and reasons as to why he brought the gun to school.
In a search of Chen’s home, Montgomery County Police officers recovered two hand guns, two rifles, a shot gun, inert grenade replicas, a replica clacker, a
 tactical vest and ammunition.
But defense attorneys for Chen argue that there are no allegations of any illegal weapons recovered.

“People in Maryland are allowed to have weapons, and just because weapons exist in a home, doesn’t make anybody guilty of anything and it doesn’t make them a danger.”, said defense attorney, David Felsen.

Chen's attorneys say they are disappointed with the no bond ruling, calling Chen cooperative, and a scholarship holding athlete.

“There is no allegation that he made any specific or even general threat to anyone. There is no statement that he showed the alleged weapon to anyone. There is no allegation that he presented a danger.”, said Felsen.

Chen is charged with possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 21 years old, and possession of a firearm on school property.

The ATF is helping out Montgomery County Police in tracking the serial number found on the gun Chen is said to have been carrying.

There has been no new hearing date Arsenal of  set for Chen at this time.