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(a)?This subtitle does not apply to a rifle or shotgun that is an antique firearm as defined in ??4-201 of the Criminal Law Article.
(b)?A person may not possess a rifle or shotgun if the person:
(1)?has been convicted of a disqualifying crime as defined in ??5-101 of this title;
(2)?has been convicted of a violation classified as a crime under common law and received a term of imprisonment of more than 2 years;
(3)?is a fugitive from justice;
(4)?is a habitual drunkard as defined in ??5-101 of this title;
(5)?is addicted to a controlled dangerous substance or is a habitual user as defined in ??5-101 of this title;
(6)?suffers from a mental disorder as defined in ??10-101(i)(2) of the Health--General Article and has a history of violent behavior against the person or another;
(7)?has been found incompetent to stand trial under ??3-106 of the Criminal Procedure Article;
(8)?has been found not criminally responsible under ??3-110 of the Criminal Procedure Article;
(9)?has been voluntarily admitted for more than 30 consecutive days to a facility as defined in ??10-101 of the Health--General Article;
(10)?has been involuntarily committed to a facility as defined in ?? 10-101 of the Health--General Article;
(11)?is under the protection of a guardian appointed by a court under ??13-201(c) or ??13-705 of the Estates and Trusts Article, except for cases in which the appointment of a guardian is solely a result of a physical disability;
(12)?except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, is a respondent against whom:
(i)?a current non ex parte civil protective order has been entered under ??4-506 of the Family Law Article; ?or
(ii)?an order for protection, as defined in ??4-508.1 of the Family Law Article, has been issued by a court of another state or a Native American tribe and is in effect; ?or
(13)?if under the age of 30 years at the time of possession, has been adjudicated delinquent by a juvenile court for an act that would be a disqualifying crime if committed by an adult.
(c)?This section does not apply to:
(1)?a person transporting a rifle or shotgun if the person is carrying a civil protective order requiring the surrender of the rifle or shotgun and:
(i)?the rifle or shotgun is unloaded;
(ii)?the person has notified the law enforcement unit, barracks, or station that the rifle or shotgun is being transported in accordance with the civil protective order; ?and
(iii)?the person transports the rifle or shotgun directly to the law enforcement unit, barracks, or station; ?or
(2)?the carrying or transporting of a rifle or shotgun by a person who is carrying a court order requiring the surrender of the rifle or shotgun, if:
(i)?the rifle or shotgun is unloaded;
(ii)?the person has notified a law enforcement unit, barracks, or station that the rifle or shotgun is being transported in accordance with the order; ?and
(iii)?the person transports the rifle or shotgun directly to a State or local law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer.
(d)?A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.
(e)?A person who is disqualified from owning a rifle or shotgun under subsection (b)(6), (7), (8), (9), (10), or (11) of this section may seek relief from the disqualification in accordance with ??5-133.3 of this title.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Maryland Code, Public Safety § 5-205 - last updated December 31, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/md/public-safety/md-code-public-safety-sect-5-205.html
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