Gun law throughout Maryland is rather complex. On top of local ordinances, there are Maryland state laws and federal laws that determine firearm legality. State gun laws may overrule local laws, and federal laws may overrule state laws and local laws. Assault gun laws, in general, are more strict than handgun and long gun (rifles, shotguns, etc.) laws.
As of October 1st, 2013, it is illegal to possess an assault weapon unless that weapon has been grandfathered in due to previous possession, or if that weapon was legally inherited by a lawful possessor.
Assault weapons can include semi-automatic firearms that have a large ammunition capacity. These weapons,in general, are designed for rapid fire and combat use. Assault weapons often have semi-automatic functionality as well as a detachable magazine. They often have a collapsible stock, a pistol grip, barrel shrouds, and threaded barrels for added front-end devices (suppressors, compensators, and muzzle brakes, etc.).
If you’ve been arrested for an assault weapon related accusation, you should seek legal representation to earn protection from unwarranted police action and unjust prosecution. As your court dates approach, you can appoint a criminal defense attorney to file court paperwork and documents, build a defense case, and represent you during your criminal trial. At Rice Law, our criminal defense lawyers has your best interests in mind. We strive to have your charges reduced or dropped, and we aim to have your sentencing lessened if any sentence is applied to your accused crime. Our defense attorneys have a depth of knowledge surrounding local, state, and federal gun laws, and we have experience representing the criminally accused in court. Please, get in touch with our law firm if you’ve been accused of an assault weapon violation in Maryland including Baltimore County, Dundalk, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Rosedale.