LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) – A judge has upheld the Lawrence police chief’s decision to revoke the gun permit of a former Marine who fired into a crowd of partygoers.

Daniel Cotnoir was acquitted in 2006 of three felony charges after he argued he was acting in self-defense after a bottle smashed though his window in August 2005.

He said he fired into a clear area, but the round hit concrete and the fragments injured two people.

After the trial, Chief John Romero revoked Cotnoir’s gun license for firing in the direction of a crowd of people.

Cotnoir’s attorney argued Romero’s actions were unfair because his client had been acquitted, but a Superior Court judge disagreed Friday.

Cotnoir hasn’t decided whether to appeal.

AP-ES-03-01-08 1501EST

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