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Old September 16th, 2019, 07:19 AM #21
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There is no penalty stated in the statute but if MSP feels like being Dicks (highly likely) they could charge you with possession of an unregistered firearm

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Perhaps seeking legal advice might be prudent
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Old September 16th, 2019, 02:01 PM #22
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Thanks all for the advice, I will advise accordingly.

FWIW, it's a revolver in their possession and until Friday they had no idea firearms were registered in Maryland.

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Old September 16th, 2019, 03:36 PM #23
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Thanks all for the advice, I will advise accordingly.

FWIW, it's a revolver in their possession and until Friday they had no idea firearms were registered in Maryland.

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Are firearms actually "registered?" I was under the impression that gun registration was, by-and-large, unconstitutional, and that what we have here is a "transfer" - it's essentially the same thing though.

This is one of those crappy things where the expression, "ignorance of the law is no excuse" comes in to play. A gun owner from any normal state that isn't so draconian in their firearms statutes may well assume that there's nothing amiss - they move to the state and go about their business as if everything is hunky-dory because they had no idea we deal with these things here - they don't fill out the 77R's because they simply don't know they are supposed to. And why would they? It's not like Maryland gives you a welcome packet when you move here that gets you up to date on all of this stuff.

I will say that in all of my years of owning and using guns in this state, I have yet to have anyone ask me to show them any kind of paperwork on anything, for whatever that's worth, but I do follow the laws the best I know how.
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Old September 16th, 2019, 03:39 PM #24
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Thanks all for the advice, I will advise accordingly.

FWIW, it's a revolver in their possession and until Friday they had no idea firearms were registered in Maryland.

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Jeez, stop guys. There is a penalty and it is substantial. The registration requirement is in MD Code, Public Safety, § 5-143. That provides that "(a)(1) A person who moves into the State with the intent of becoming a resident shall register all regulated firearms with the Secretary within 90 days after establishing residency." A new resident in the State may not his possess a regulated firearm without registering it within that 90 day window.


A violation of 5-143 is punishable under MD Code, Public Safety, § 5-144, which provides:
a) Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a dealer or other person may not:
(1) knowingly participate in the illegal sale, rental, transfer, purchase, possession, or receipt of a regulated
firearm in violation of this subtitle; or
(2) knowingly violate § 5-142 of this subtitle.
Penalty
(b) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment
not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.
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Jeez, stop guys. There is a penalty and it is substantial. The registration requirement is in MD Code, Public Safety, § 5-143. That provides that "(a)(1) A person who moves into the State with the intent of becoming a resident shall register all regulated firearms with the Secretary within 90 days after establishing residency." A new resident in the State may not possess a regulated firearm without registering it within that 90 day window.


A violation of 5-143 is punishable under MD Code, Public Safety, § 5-144, which provides:
a) Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a dealer or other person may not:
(1) knowingly participate in the illegal sale, rental, transfer, purchase, possession, or receipt of a regulated
firearm in violation of this subtitle; or
(2) knowingly violate § 5-142 of this subtitle.
Penalty
(b) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment
not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both.
Thanks! We apparently couldn’t find the penalty info in statute.
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Are firearms actually "registered?" I was under the impression that gun registration was, by-and-large, unconstitutional, and that what we have here is a "transfer" - it's essentially the same thing though.
It is illegal, at the FEDERAL level. There is no prohibition against registration at the state or local level.
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At least the statute says “knowingly” . Perhaps if you plead ignorance the SA might cut you a break.

Best not to be a test case however

But a conviction would make you prohibited based on the more than 2 year penalty for misdemeanors
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I don't know how they expect new residents to know about this stupid law, I bet a majority of lifelong Maryland residents have no idea about it
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Being gun owners we have a whole layer of extra stuff to be aware of if we expect to stay out of trouble
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"Knowingly", there you go John, you ruined his ignorant bliss. You rat.
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