Maryland Code, Criminal Law § 3-1001

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

(2) “Dwelling” has the meaning stated in § 6-201 of this article.

(3) “Public place” has the meaning stated in § 10-201 of this article.

(4) “Storehouse” has the meaning stated in § 6-201 of this article.

(b) This section applies to a threat made by oral or written communication or electronic mail, as defined in § 3-805(a) of this title.

(c) A person may not knowingly threaten to commit or threaten to cause to be committed a crime of violence, as defined in § 14-101 of this article, that would place others at substantial risk of death or serious physical injury, as defined in § 3-201 of this title, if as a result of the threat, regardless of whether the threat is carried out, five or more people are:

(1) placed in reasonable fear that the crime will be committed;

(2) evacuated from a dwelling, storehouse, or public place;

(3) required to move to a designated area within a dwelling, storehouse, or public place;  or

(4) required to remain in a designated safe area within a dwelling, storehouse, or public place.

(d)(1) A person who violates this section is guilty of the misdemeanor of making a threat of mass violence and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.

(2) In addition to the penalties provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection, a court shall order a person convicted under this section to reimburse the appropriate unit of federal, State, or local government or other person for expenses and losses incurred in responding to the unlawful threat unless the court states on the record the reasons why reimbursement would be inappropriate.

(e) A person who violates this section may be indicted, prosecuted, tried, and convicted in any county where:

(1) the threat was received;

(2) the threat was made;  or

(3) the consequences of the threat occurred.


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