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This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

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Statute Text

Article - Criminal Law
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Assault long gun” means any assault weapon listed under § 5–101(r)(2) of the Public Safety Article.
(c)   “Assault pistol” means any of the following firearms or a copy regardless of the producer or manufacturer:
(1)   AA Arms AP–9 semiautomatic pistol;
(2)   Bushmaster semiautomatic pistol;
(3)   Claridge HI–TEC semiautomatic pistol;
(4)   D Max Industries semiautomatic pistol;
(5)   Encom MK–IV, MP–9, or MP–45 semiautomatic pistol;
(6)   Heckler and Koch semiautomatic SP–89 pistol;
(7)   Holmes MP–83 semiautomatic pistol;
(8)   Ingram MAC 10/11 semiautomatic pistol and variations including the Partisan Avenger and the SWD Cobray;
(9)   Intratec TEC–9/DC–9 semiautomatic pistol in any centerfire variation;
(10)   P.A.W.S. type semiautomatic pistol;
(11)   Skorpion semiautomatic pistol;
(12)   Spectre double action semiautomatic pistol (Sile, F.I.E., Mitchell);
(13)   UZI semiautomatic pistol;
(14)   Weaver Arms semiautomatic Nighthawk pistol; or
(15)   Wilkinson semiautomatic “Linda” pistol.
(d)   “Assault weapon” means:
(1)   an assault long gun;
(2)   an assault pistol; or
(3)   a copycat weapon.
(e)    (1)   “Copycat weapon” means:
(i)   a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any two of the following:
1.   a folding stock;
2.   a grenade launcher or flare launcher; or
3.   a flash suppressor;
(ii)   a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds;
(iii)   a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 29 inches;
(iv)   a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds;
(v)   a semiautomatic shotgun that has a folding stock; or
(vi)   a shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
(2)   “Copycat weapon” does not include an assault long gun or an assault pistol.
(f)   “Detachable magazine” means an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from a firearm without requiring disassembly of the firearm action or without the use of a tool, including a bullet or cartridge.
(g)   “Flash suppressor” means a device that functions, or is intended to function, to perceptibly reduce or redirect muzzle flash from the shooter’s field of vision.
(h)   “Licensed firearms dealer” means a person who holds a dealer’s license under Title 5, Subtitle 1 of the Public Safety Article.