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§ 13-204. Review to determine owner's knowledge of handgun violation

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal Procedure

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Title 13. Other Forfeitures (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Violations of Gun Laws (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 13-204
§ 13-204. Review to determine owner's knowledge of handgun violation
In general
(a)(1) On timely receipt of an application, the seizing authority shall hold an informal review to determine whether the owner knew or should have known of the use or intended use of a handgun that is seized in violation of § 4-203 or § 4-204 of the Criminal Law Article.
(2) The review is not subject to the Administrative Procedure Act.1
Release of handgun to qualified owners
(b)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the handgun that is seized shall be released to the owner if the seizing authority decides in favor of the owner and the owner is qualified to possess the handgun.
(2) If the handgun is needed as evidence in a criminal case or investigation, the handgun shall be promptly returned when the case or investigation ends.
Forfeiture of handgun to State
(c)(1) After review, if the seizing authority determines that the handgun should be forfeited to the State, the owner shall be notified at the owner's last known address.
(2) Within 30 days after notification, the owner may ask the appropriate District Court for release of the handgun.
(3) The State's Attorney shall represent the State in the action.
(4) The District Court shall hear the matter and grant proper relief in accordance with this subtitle.


Added by Acts 2001, c. 10, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2002, c. 213, § 6, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
Formerly Art. 27, § 36C.


State Government § 10-101 et seq.
MD Code, Criminal Procedure, § 13-204, MD CRIM PROC § 13-204
Current through legislation effective through April 9, 2023, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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