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Article - Criminal Law


    (a)    Possession or use of a machine gun is presumed to be for an offensive or aggressive purpose when:

        (1)    the machine gun:

            (i)    is on premises not owned or rented for bona fide permanent residence or business occupancy by the person in whose possession the machine gun is found;

            (ii)    is in the possession of, or used by, an unnaturalized foreign-born person or a person who has been convicted of a crime of violence in any state or federal court of the United States; or

            (iii)    is not registered as required under § 4-403 of this subtitle; or

        (2)    empty or loaded shells that have been used or are susceptible of being used in the machine gun are found in the immediate vicinity of the machine gun.

    (b)    A person may not possess or use a machine gun for an offensive or aggressive purpose.

    (c)    A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years.

    (d)    A person who violates this section is subject to § 5-106(b) of the Courts Article.

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