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Published on 2/20/2024, 2:43:00 PM

What Types of Weapons Are Banned in Maryland?

Navigating the legal landscape of weapon possession in Maryland can be complex, with specific laws detailing what is permitted and what is banned. Understanding these regulations is crucial for ensuring your actions remain within the bounds of the law.

This article will focus on weapons, other than firearms that are banned in Maryland.

Maryland's Weapon Laws Overview

Maryland law, specifically Maryland's criminal code section 4-101, outlines a range of weapons considered dangerous and therefore banned from being carried or possessed under certain conditions. This includes, but is not limited to, nunchaku, pepper mace, star knives, and various types of knives and clubs.

Dangerous Weapon-Conceal 4 101 ((c)(1))

Under Maryland law a person may not wear or carry a dangerous weapon of any kind concealed on or about their person. A violation of this law is a misdemeanor and imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

Dangerous Weapon-INT/INJURE CR 4 101 ((c)(2))

It is also against Maryland law to be found carrying a dangerous weapon openly with the intent or purpose of injuring an individual in an unlawful manner. A violation of this law is a misdemeanor and imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.

Types of Banned Weapons in Maryland

Several types of weapons are banned by law in Maryland. Some of them include:

Nunchaku - Nunchucks

Nunchucks, often associated with martial arts, are banned due to their potential as weapons. Maryland has gone even further and bans any device they deem could be nunchucks. Nunchucks in Maryland are defined as "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."

Pepper Mace - OC Spray

Pepper Mace, recognized for its incapacitating effects, is regulated under Maryland law. Pepper Mace includes oleoresin capscium, or OC spray, which means an aerosol propelled combination of highly disabling irritant pepper-based products.

Star Knives - Throwing Knives

Star Knives, designed for throwing, pose a significant risk of injury and are also prohibited. Under Maryland law, a throwing weapon, consisting of several sharp or pointed blades arrayed as radially disposed arms about a central disk is a banned weapon.

Banned Knives in Maryland

In addition to Star Knives, weapons include a dirk knife, bowie knife, and a switchblade knife.

Other Banned Weapons

Other weapons that are banned include a sandclub, metal knuckles, and a razor.

Exceptions to the Rule against carrying

Maryland law does provide exceptions for certain individuals, including law enforcement officers and those with a valid permit to carry a handgun. Additionally, carrying these weapons may be justified under specific circumstances deemed reasonable by the court, emphasizing the importance of understanding both the restrictions and allowances within the law.

Legal Consequences of Violation - Enhancements

Violating these weapon laws can result in serious penalties, including imprisonment and fines. The severity of the punishment often depends on the nature of the offense and the intent behind carrying the banned weapon.

It's written that under Maryland's laws regarding dangerous weapons, 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.

Common Defenses to Weapons offenses

Maryland's dangerous weapons law has a specific defense for an individual who carries the weapon as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger. What this means is that a defense against dangerous weapon charges might be that you reasonably feared for your life.

Bear in mind that a Judge might consider the reasonableness of the carrying of the weapon, and the proper occasion for carrying the weapon.

The Role of Legal Representation

Facing charges related to the possession of banned weapons in Maryland is a serious matter. Expert legal representation can provide guidance, support, and a defense strategy tailored to your specific case. Our law firm specializes in navigating these complex legal waters, ensuring your rights are protected.

Frequently Asked Questions about Weapons in Maryland

Q: What should I do if I'm charged with possessing a banned weapon in Maryland?
Seek immediate legal advice from an attorney experienced in Maryland weapon laws. They can guide you through the legal process, represent you in court, and work towards the best possible outcome for your case.

Q: What weapons are illegal to conceal in MD?
Concealing weapons in Maryland like nunchaku, pepper mace, star knives, switchblade knives, dirk knives, sandclubs, metal knuckles, and razors, could result in criminal charges. Possessing these items openly with the intent to injure another person may also result in charges.

Q: Can I carry pepper mace for self-defense?
Yes, you can carry pepper mace for self-defense in Maryland. It's important to note that criminal charges for carrying pepper mace might result from carrying openly with the intent or purpose of injuring an individual.

Q: Can I carry a taser in Maryland?
Yes, carrying a taser is allowed in Maryland, but certain restrictions apply, and in some cities or counties, a permit might be required. A Taser is not banned under Maryland law, nor is it considered a weapon under current weapons laws.

Q: Are there any exceptions for carrying a nunchaku or star knife?
Generally, these weapons are banned; however, exceptions may exist for individuals who are carrying these weapons for self defense against an apprehended danger.

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Staying informed about Maryland's weapon laws is essential for anyone looking to avoid legal trouble. If you find yourself facing charges related to banned weapons, seeking professional legal advice is your best course of action.

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