Maryland Public Safety Section 5-101

Article - Public Safety

§ 5-101.

      (a)      In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

      (b)      "Antique firearm" has the meaning stated in § 4-201 of the Criminal Law Article.

      (c)      "Crime of violence" means:

            (1)      abduction;

            (2)      arson in the first degree;

            (3)      assault in the first or second degree;

            (4)      burglary in the first, second, or third degree;

            (5)      carjacking and armed carjacking;

            (6)      escape in the first degree;

            (7)      kidnapping;

            (8)      voluntary manslaughter;

            (9)      maiming as previously proscribed under former Article 27, § 386 of the Code;

            (10)      mayhem as previously proscribed under former Article 27, § 384 of the Code;

            (11)      murder in the first or second degree;

            (12)      rape in the first or second degree;

            (13)      robbery;

            (14)      robbery with a dangerous weapon;

            (15)      sexual offense in the first, second, or third degree;

            (16)      an attempt to commit any of the crimes listed in items (1) through (15) of this subsection; or

            (17)      assault with intent to commit any of the crimes listed in items (1) through (15) of this subsection or a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year.

      (d)      "Dealer" means a person who is engaged in the business of:

            (1)      selling, renting, or transferring firearms at wholesale or retail; or

            (2)      repairing firearms.

      (e)      "Dealer's license" means a State regulated firearms dealer's license.

      (f)      "Designated law enforcement agency" means a law enforcement agency that the Secretary designates to process applications to purchase regulated firearms for secondary sales.

      (g)      "Disqualifying crime" means:

            (1)      a crime of violence;

            (2)      a violation classified as a felony in the State; or

            (3)      a violation classified as a misdemeanor in the State that carries a statutory penalty of more than 2 years.

      (h)      (1)      "Firearm" means:

                  (i)      a weapon that expels, is designed to expel, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; or

                  (ii)      the frame or receiver of such a weapon.

            (2)      "Firearm" includes a starter gun.

      (i)      "Firearm applicant" means a person who makes a firearm application.

      (j)      "Firearm application" means an application to purchase, rent, or transfer a regulated firearm.

      (k)      "Fugitive from justice" means a person who has fled to avoid prosecution or giving testimony in a criminal proceeding.

      (l)      "Habitual drunkard" means a person who has been found guilty of any three crimes under § 21-902(a), (b), or (c) of the Transportation Article, one of which occurred in the past year.

      (m)      "Habitual user" means a person who has been found guilty of two controlled dangerous substance crimes, one of which occurred in the past 5 years.

      (n)      (1)      "Handgun" means a firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches in length.

            (2)      "Handgun" includes signal, starter, and blank pistols.

      (o)      "Licensee" means a person who holds a dealer's license.

      (p)      "Regulated firearm" means:

            (1)      a handgun; or

            (2)      a firearm that is any of the following specific assault weapons or their copies, regardless of which company produced and manufactured that assault weapon:

                  (i)      American Arms Spectre da Semiautomatic carbine;

                  (ii)      AK-47 in all forms;

                  (iii)      Algimec AGM-1 type semi-auto;

                  (iv)      AR 100 type semi-auto;

                  (v)      AR 180 type semi-auto;

                  (vi)      Argentine L.S.R. semi-auto;

                  (vii)      Australian Automatic Arms SAR type semi-auto;

                  (viii)      Auto-Ordnance Thompson M1 and 1927 semi-automatics;

                  (ix)      Barrett light .50 cal. semi-auto;

                  (x)      Beretta AR70 type semi-auto;

                  (xi)      Bushmaster semi-auto rifle;

                  (xii)      Calico models M-100 and M-900;

                  (xiii)      CIS SR 88 type semi-auto;

                  (xiv)      Claridge HI TEC C-9 carbines;

                  (xv)      Colt AR-15, CAR-15, and all imitations except Colt AR-15 Sporter H-BAR rifle;

                  (xvi)      Daewoo MAX 1 and MAX 2, aka AR 100, 110C, K-1, and K-2;

                  (xvii)      Dragunov Chinese made semi-auto;

                  (xviii)      Famas semi-auto (.223 caliber);

                  (xix)      Feather AT-9 semi-auto;

                  (xx)      FN LAR and FN FAL assault rifle;

                  (xxi)      FNC semi-auto type carbine;

                  (xxii)      F.I.E./Franchi LAW 12 and SPAS 12 assault shotgun;

                  (xxiii)      Steyr-AUG-SA semi-auto;

                  (xxiv)      Galil models AR and ARM semi-auto;

                  (xxv)      Heckler and Koch HK-91 A3, HK-93 A2, HK-94 A2 and A3;

                  (xxvi)      Holmes model 88 shotgun;

                  (xxvii)      Avtomat Kalashnikov semiautomatic rifle in any format;

                  (xxviii)      Manchester Arms "Commando" MK-45, MK-9;

                  (xxix)      Mandell TAC-1 semi-auto carbine;

                  (xxx)      Mossberg model 500 Bullpup assault shotgun;

                  (xxxi)      Sterling Mark 6;

                  (xxxii)      P.A.W.S. carbine;

                  (xxxiii)      Ruger mini-14 folding stock model (.223 caliber);

                  (xxxiv)      SIG 550/551 assault rifle (.223 caliber);

                  (xxxv)      SKS with detachable magazine;

                  (xxxvi)      AP-74 Commando type semi-auto;

                  (xxxvii)      Springfield Armory BM-59, SAR-48, G3, SAR-3, M-21 sniper rifle, M1A, excluding the M1 Garand;

                  (xxxviii)      Street sweeper assault type shotgun;

                  (xxxix)      Striker 12 assault shotgun in all formats;

                  (xl)      Unique F11 semi-auto type;

                  (xli)      Daewoo USAS 12 semi-auto shotgun;

                  (xlii)      UZI 9mm carbine or rifle;

                  (xliii)      Valmet M-76 and M-78 semi-auto;

                  (xliv)      Weaver Arms "Nighthawk" semi-auto carbine; or

                  (xlv)      Wilkinson Arms 9mm semi-auto "Terry".

      (q)      "Rent" means the temporary transfer for consideration of a regulated firearm that is taken from the property of the owner of the regulated firearm.

      (r)      "Secondary sale" means a sale of a regulated firearm in which neither party to the sale:

            (1)      is a licensee;

            (2)      is licensed by the federal government as a firearms dealer;

            (3)      devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of earning a profit through the repeated purchase and resale of firearms; or

            (4)      repairs firearms as a regular course of trade or business.

      (s)      "Secretary" means the Secretary of State Police or the Secretary's designee.

      (t)      "Straw purchase" means a sale of a regulated firearm in which a person uses another, known as the straw purchaser, to:

            (1)      complete the application to purchase a regulated firearm;

            (2)      take initial possession of the regulated firearm; and

            (3)      subsequently transfer the regulated firearm to the person.