Americans have the right to bear arms under the second amendment of the Constitution. This means that they are able to legally own a gun. In the state of Maryland, there are different laws pertaining to the ownership of guns. If residents fail to abide by these gun laws, they can be charged with a crime. When facing this situation, it is important to retain the services of an experienced attorney that will represent your best interests.
Maryland’s Gun Laws
Every state has its own laws regarding guns. In Maryland, the laws are complex as they change depending on the type of gun. The state views handguns differently from the way they view long guns, such as rifles or shotguns. If a resident wishes to purchase certain long guns, they are not required to have a permit or own a license to do so. They also do not need to register the weapons.
Different from this, a handgun is considered a regulated firearm. This means that in order to own a handgun, the individual must obtain a license, and a permit to purchase. They also are required to register their handgun with the state. If a person wishes to carry the gun, other than to and from target practice, they are required to obtain a carry permit.
In 2013, Maryland banned the possession of any assault rifles, semi-automatic rifles, and large-capacity magazines. If a person within the state is found in possession of one, they can face serious consequences. This can include jail time (sometimes mandatory, no parole sentences) as well as hefty fines.
Who is Unable to Possess a Firearm?
It is important to know that not all residents in the state of Maryland are permitted to own any type of regulated firearm. Those who are not able to possess a firearm can include the following:
- Convicted felons
- Those who are convicted of violent crimes
- Habitual users or drunkards
- People under the age of 21
- Anyone who has spent 30 days or more in a mental institution
If a resident is not permitted to carry a firearm, there is usually a reason. It is because of this that those who are in possession of a firearm without a license or permit can face certain consequences. This can include a felony or misdemeanor charge, jail time, and fines. There are increased penalties for subsequent offenders.
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