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Weapons Crimes Archives

Can convicted felons possess firearms in Maryland?

In Maryland, those who have been convicted of a "disqualifying crime" may not possess a statutorily defined "regulated firearm." "Disqualifying crimes" include violent crimes, felonies and misdemeanors with statutory penalties of more than two years. However, after serving the sentence, a person who has been convicted of a "disqualifying crime" may pursue a pardon in order to regain the right to possess a firearm.

How do allegations of domestic violence affect gun possession?

When it comes to allegations of domestic violence, there are always two sides to the story. However, it may be the case that one person will be accused of committing the act. This can have a significant effect on that person's rights, including their right to possess a firearm.

Gun permit requirements and penalties in Maryland

The laws in Maryland require that to legally possess a handgun, the owner must have a valid permit. Possession of a rifle or shotgun does not currently require a permit. For individuals arrested for gun possession without a valid permit, they may wonder what consequences they are facing and if it will result in their inability to possess a firearm in the future.

Familiarity with Maryland gun laws in important

It is helpful to be familiar with gun possession laws in Maryland to avoid running afoul of any of the gun possession laws in the state. Being charged with a weapons crime can be serious and can result in serious potential penalties and consequences for the accused individual so it is helpful to be familiar with what the gun laws are in Maryland.

Gun charges are serious in Maryland

In Maryland, gun possession laws are strict and the mandatory minimum sentences for violating them can be stiff. As a consequence, weapons crimes charges should never be taken lightly. For instance, possession of a firearm following a previous felony conviction; the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and the use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime carry a mandatory prison sentence of 5 years, as well as additional penalties depending on the circumstances.

Evidence found after traffic stop leads to SWAT raid

Most of our readers know that being in possession of certain types of firearms can result in criminal charges in Maryland. What many do not know is that the same can be said about certain individuals who are in possession of ammunition as well.

What happens if a firearm is used during an assault?

An assault charge is an example of a violent crime in Maryland. Like some other categories of criminal charges, such as drug charges or sex-offense charges, violent crime charges come with a stigma that can remain even if the defendant is acquitted of the crime or the charges are dismissed. Individuals in Maryland who face violent crime charges often find that others may have certain pre-conceived notions about the type of person they are.

Major crackdown in Maryland and Virginia results in 28 arrests

From the news we see these days, many people probably think that there is a nationwide crackdown on crime occurring throughout the country, especially drug-related crimes. Well, while it may be true that some leaders of state and federal agencies are doing everything they can to stamp out crime, gangs and drug rings, it is important to remember that anyone who is arrested in America has constitutional rights.

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