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Statute Text

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Article - Criminal Law
§4–306.  
(a)   Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a person who violates this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
(b)    (1)   A person who uses an assault weapon, or a magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition, in the commission of a felony or a crime of violence as defined in § 5–101 of the Public Safety Article is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction, in addition to any other sentence imposed for the felony or crime of violence, shall be sentenced under this subsection.
(2)    (i)   For a first violation, the person shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than 5 years and not exceeding 20 years.
(ii)   The court may not impose less than the minimum sentence of 5 years.
(iii)   The mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years may not be suspended.
(iv)   Except as otherwise provided in § 4–305 of the Correctional Services Article, the person is not eligible for parole in less than 5 years.
(3)    (i)   For each subsequent violation, the person shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not less than 10 years and not exceeding 20 years.
(ii)   The court may not impose less than the minimum sentence of 10 years.
(iii)   A sentence imposed under this paragraph shall be consecutive to and not concurrent with any other sentence imposed for the felony or crime of violence.