In any criminal investigation that involves a gun, the first step that police take is reading the serial number of that gun. However, in a number of cases police find that the gun's serial number has been erased. In such cases, police in Maryland and elsewhere often have to depend on federal forensic laboratories to determine a gun's serial number, if it has been filed off. Unfortunately, even these forensic labs are sometimes not able to find the actual serial number.
Illegal weapon possession in Maryland cannot only pose serious consequences for a resident's image but it can also wreak havoc on nearly every aspect of the accused's life. If convicted, the state of Maryland has some stringent laws against felons who possess firearms. Likewise, federal law imposes harsh penalties on people who are convicted of gun crimes.