In Maryland, wearing, carrying, or transporting handgun whether concealed or open is prohibited. There is a rebuttable presumption that a person who transports a handgun is doing so knowingly. Handgun generally means a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person.
Firearm however includes an antique firearm, handgun, rifle, shotgun, short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, starter gun, or any other firearm, whether loaded or unloaded.
Also a person may not wear or carry a dangerous weapon of any kind concealed on or about the person. Commonly statutory defined weapons are: a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku. Weapon does not include a handgun or a penknife without a switchblade. A person who violates the dangerous weapons provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or both. Carrying concealing and transporting handgun on the other hand has significantly higher penalties, both with fines and potential maximum jail time.
It is critical in all charges involving weapons of any kind to employ and to engage our MD Criminal Defense lawyer/MD gun lawyer at once. Weapons charges carry significant and substantial jail time as well as stiff financial penalties and are generally subject to vigorous prosecution by the State.