Failure to get pistol permit leads to charge against Rome man

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A Rome man is facing a felony charge after law enforcers said he failed to get a pistol permit for his growing firearms collection, according to a report by local law enforcement officials.

Police said James M. Cimo, 52, of 811 Beech St., was taken into custody Wednesday evening on a charge of third-degree possession of a weapon, a class D felony.

Cimo was the focus of a month-long investigation into the possible illegal possession of firearms, according to the law enforcers.

Det. Jeffrey M. Lanigan said that Rome Police were notified by another agency in December that Cimo might be in possession of illegal firearms.

Rome Police were joined in their investigation by the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, through the state Department of Health, officials said.

Lanigan said Cimo was in possession of three handguns and several other firearms — and that he did not have the proper pistol permit to own the handguns.

“He just didn’t get around to it,” Lanigan explained about the permit. He said Cimo knew he needed a permit for the handguns.

“He stated that he had the guns as a hobby and for self defense,” Lanigan stated, and had started collecting the weapons in 2017.

Lanigan said the handguns were purchased legally.

Lanigan said the department is still investigating the other firearms in Cimo’s possession, and additional charges are possible.

Cimo is scheduled to appear in City Court.

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