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§ 4-402. Possession of machine gun

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: October 1, 2010

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 4. Weapon Crimes
Subtitle 4. Uniform Machine Gun Act (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2010
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 4-402
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 376; MD CODE Art. 27, § 377; MD CODE Art. 27, § 380
§ 4-402. Possession of machine gun
Evidence of possession
(a) The presence of a machine gun in a room, boat, or vehicle is evidence of the possession or use of the machine gun by each person occupying the room, boat, or vehicle.
(b) This subtitle does not prohibit or interfere with:
(1) the manufacture, sale, and transportation of a machine gun for or to a military force or peace officer of the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of a state;
(2) the possession of a machine gun for a scientific purpose;
(3) the possession, as a curiosity, ornament, or keepsake, of a machine gun that cannot be used as a weapon;
(4) the possession of a machine gun for a purpose that is manifestly not aggressive or offensive; or
(5) the transportation of a lawfully possessed machine gun by a person who is carrying a court order requiring the surrender of the machine gun, if:
(i) the machine gun is unloaded;
(ii) the person has notified the law enforcement unit, barracks, or station that the machine gun is being transported in accordance with the court order; and
(iii) the person transports the machine gun directly to the law enforcement unit, barracks, or station.
Seizure and confiscation
(c)(1) A court may issue a warrant to search for and seize a machine gun possessed in violation of this subtitle under the same procedure as for issuance of a warrant for stolen property.
(2) On application by the State's Attorney, a court may order the confiscation or destruction of a legally seized machine gun or the transfer of the machine gun to a peace officer of the State or a political subdivision of the State.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2010, c. 712, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010.
Formerly Art. 27, §§ 376, 377, 380.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 4-402, MD CRIM LAW § 4-402
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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