2018 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 4 - Weapon Crimes
Subtitle 2 - Handguns
§ 4-208. Possession of firearm at public demonstration

  • (a) Definitions. --

    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

    • (2)

      • (i) "Demonstration" means one or more persons demonstrating, picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding a vigil, or engaging in any other similar conduct that involves the communication or expression of views or grievances and that has the effect, intent, or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.

      • (ii) "Demonstration" does not include the casual use of property by visitors or tourists that does not have the intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers.

    • (3)

      • (i) "Firearm" means a handgun, rifle, shotgun, short-barreled rifle, short-barreled shotgun, or any other firearm, whether loaded or unloaded.

      • (ii) "Firearm" does not include an antique firearm.

    • (4) "Handgun" has the meaning stated in ยง 5-101 of the Public Safety Article.

    • (5) "Law enforcement officer" means:

      • (i) a member of a police force or other unit of the United States, the State, a county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision who is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the laws of the United States, the State, a county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivision;

      • (ii) a park police officer of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission;

      • (iii) a member of the University System of Maryland Police Force; and

      • (iv) any military or militia personnel directed by constituted authority to keep law and order.

    • (6)

      • (i) "Public place" means a place to which the general public has access and a right to resort for business, entertainment, or other lawful purpose.

      • (ii) "Public place" is not limited to a place devoted solely to the uses of the public.

      • (iii) "Public place" includes:

        • 1. the front or immediate area or parking lot of a store, restaurant, tavern, shopping center, or other place of business;

        • 2. a public building, including its grounds and curtilage;

        • 3. a public parking lot;

        • 4. a public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way;

        • 5. a public park; and

        • 6. other public grounds.

  • (b) Prohibited. --

    • (1) This subsection does not apply to a law enforcement officer.

    • (2) A person may not have a firearm in the person's possession or on or about the person at a demonstration in a public place or in a vehicle that is within 1,000 feet of a demonstration in a public place after:

      • (i) the person has been advised by a law enforcement officer that a demonstration is occurring at the public place; and

      • (ii) the person has been ordered by the law enforcement officer to leave the area of the demonstration until the person disposes of the firearm.

  • (c) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or both.

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