About Statutes

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.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Natural Resources
(a)   In this section, “handgun” means a firearm:
(1)   With a barrel length not exceeding 6 inches; and
(2)   That does not have a scope or an electronic device attached.
(b)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Department shall:
(i)   Prescribe by regulation the means or weapons for hunting designated wildlife; and
(ii)   Set forth any restrictions relating to weapons used to hunt designated wildlife, including the amount and size of ammunition for designated game birds or mammals.
(2)   The Department may not prohibit a licensed bow hunter from openly carrying a handgun that the hunter is otherwise authorized to carry under § 4–203 of the Criminal Law Article if the bow hunter:
(i)   Is at least 21 years old;
(ii)   Is hunting in deer management Region A as defined by the Department’s Guide to Hunting and Trapping;
(iii)   Is carrying the handgun for personal protection; and
(iv)   Does not use the handgun to kill wildlife wounded by a vertical bow or crossbow.
(c)   The Department shall make the regulations available for distribution with each hunting license purchased.
(d)   This section does not authorize the Department to restrict the use of firearms except in the activity of hunting designated wildlife.