Maryland’s strict gun laws extend to assault weapons

On behalf of Jack B. Rubin, PA posted in Weapons Crimes on Thursday, February 25, 2016.

One of the most divisive issues in the country is that of gun control. The gun law debate has many nuances. For example, there is the question of what specific rights are inherent to U.S. citizens as provided by the Second Amendment to the Constitution. One specific area of contention involves the ownership of assault weapons.

Here in Maryland, citizens are subject to comparatively strict laws regarding gun ownership and possession. As you would expect, ¬†these laws extend to the sales and possession of assault weapons. According to state law, there are 45 specific models of “assault long gun,” or copies and variations of said guns, which are prohibited. Also prohibited are 15 models of “assault pistols” along with their copies or certain variations.

In addition, so-called “copycat weapons” are also considered assault weapons, and such firearms include:

  • Semi-automatic center-fire rifles that are under 29 inches in total length.
  • Shotguns with revolving cylinders.
  • Semi-automatic center-fire rifles that have a fixed magazine capable of housing more than 10 rounds.
  • Semi-automatic shotguns that have folding stocks.

The laws regarding assault firearms in Maryland are very clear, and anyone caught in possession of such weapons could be prosecuted. So if you are ever charged with illegal possession of an assault firearm, it may be advisable to contact a Maryland criminal defense attorney. The attorney could help ensure that your rights are maintained as your case proceeds through the court system.

There are circumstances under which it is legal to possess assault weapons. Your attorney may be able to demonstrate that you meet the legal criteria allowing you to have the weapon or weapons in question. By building a strong defense, the attorney may be able to help you get your case dismissed or limit the punitive consequences.

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