Gun laws are becoming increasingly complicated to follow — so if you’re planning on moving to (or even just visiting) a different state while in possession of a gun, make certain that you aren’t violating any laws while you do it.
Here are the basics of who can’t own a gun in Maryland:
There are, naturally, some exceptions and legal nuances that can’t all be covered here, so it’s important to discuss any questions with an attorney before you enter the state. If you are caught with a firearm, an attorney may be able to offer several defenses:
1. Illegal Search and Seizure
A police officer has to have justification for his or her search of your person, backpack, car or home. A smart attorney is going to look for ways to challenge the justification for the search that turned up the firearm.
2. Constructive Possession
Just because a firearm is within your vicinity doesn’t mean you brought it there. It may be possible for an attorney to argue that you only had constructive possession of the firearm — with no actual knowledge it was there.
For more information on how to fight a weapons charge in Maryland, talk to an attorney today.
Source: General Assembly of Maryland, “Article – Public Safety,” accessed Sep. 01, 2017
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