Article - Criminal Law
(a) (1) In
this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
means a device constructed of two pieces of any substance, including
wood, metal, or plastic, connected by any chain, rope, leather, or
other flexible material not exceeding 24 inches in length.
(3) (i) “Pepper
mace” means an aerosol propelled combination of highly disabling
irritant pepper-based products.
mace” is also known as oleoresin capsicum (o.c.) spray.
knife” means a device used as a throwing weapon, consisting
of several sharp or pointed blades arrayed as radially disposed arms
about a central disk.
(5) (i) “Weapon”
includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife,
sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku.
does not include:
1. a handgun; or
2. a penknife without
(b) This section
does not prohibit the following individuals from carrying a weapon:
(1) an officer
of the State, or of any county or municipal corporation of the State,
who is entitled or required to carry the weapon as part of the officer’s
official equipment, or by any conservator of the peace, who is entitled
or required to carry the weapon as part of the conservator’s
official equipment, or by any officer or conservator of the peace
of another state who is temporarily in this State;
(2) a special agent
of a railroad;
(3) a holder of
a permit to carry a handgun issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the
Public Safety Article; or
(4) an individual
who carries the weapon as a reasonable precaution against apprehended
danger, subject to the right of the court in an action arising under
this section to judge the reasonableness of the carrying of the weapon,
and the proper occasion for carrying it, under the evidence in the
(c) (1) A
person may not wear or carry a dangerous weapon of any kind concealed
on or about the person.
(2) A person may
not wear or carry a dangerous weapon, chemical mace, pepper mace,
or a tear gas device openly with the intent or purpose of injuring
an individual in an unlawful manner.
(3) (i) This
paragraph applies in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Caroline
County, Cecil County, Harford County, Kent County, Montgomery County,
Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County, Talbot County,
Washington County, and Worcester County.
(ii) A minor may
not carry a dangerous weapon between 1 hour after sunset and 1 hour
before sunrise, whether concealed or not, except while:
1. on a bona fide
hunting trip; or
2. engaged in or
on the way to or returning from a bona fide trap shoot, sport shooting
event, or any organized civic or military activity.
(d) (1) A
person who violates 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.
(2) For a person
convicted under subsection (c)(1) or (2) of this section, if it appears
from the evidence that the weapon was carried, concealed or openly,
with the deliberate purpose of injuring or killing another, the court
shall impose the highest sentence of imprisonment prescribed.