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Maryland Code, Criminal Law § 4-405

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(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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