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Old June 15th, 2011, 06:50 PM #1
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Question Maryland local firearms laws that existed before 1/1/1985

After reading the AG's response to the questions we put forth for long gun carry. The AG's office mentioned any firearms laws that were enacted before 1/1/1985 are not preempted by State law.

What laws/ordinances by local governments exist today, that were enacted before 1/1/1985?

A resource that might have your local area:
http://www.municode.com/library/Clie...spx?stateID=20
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Saint Marys County Code:

Ch. 317 of 1985, adding § 268C to Article 27 of the Annotated Code, provided that in St. Mary's County a person may not engage in target practice with or discharge a gun or weapon on certain lands without first obtaining written permission of specific individuals; provided that violation of said Act is a misdemeanor; and provided certain penalties on conviction of a violation of said Act.

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La Plata:
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146-5 Discharge of firearms.

A. It shall be unlawful for any person within the town limits to have concealed upon his person any deadly or dangerous weapon; provided, however, that the officers, noncommissioned officers and privates of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps or any regularly organized military company, police officers, officers guarding prisoners, officials of the United States or any state or the District of Columbia engaged in the execution of the laws for the protection of persons or property, when such persons are on duty, shall not be liable for carrying necessary arms for use in performance of their duty, and provided further that nothing contained in this section shall be so construed as to prevent any person from keeping or carrying about his place of business, dwelling house or premises any such dangerous or deadly weapon or from carrying the same from place of purchase to his dwelling house or place of business or from his dwelling house or place of business or any place where repairing is done, to have the same repaired, and back again.

B. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge and shoot off any gun, pistol or other firearms within the town limits except on parcels of land where the landowner(s) have obtained a special hunting permit pursuant to the provisions contained in Subsection C.

C. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, at any time, to hunt or shoot or attempt to hunt or shoot, in any manner, any game birds or game animals within the corporate limits of the Town of La Plata, except that:
(1) This chapter shall not prohibit the catching or trapping of game birds or game animals as authorized by the State of Maryland.
(2) Hunting or shooting of game birds or game animals as authorized by the State of Maryland may be allowed on parcels of land having a rural character when the landowners(s) apply for a special hunting permit and the Chief Executive and Administrative Officer issue such permit, after a determination that such activity would not create a hazard to the life or property of other persons.



§ C6-1. Enumeration of powers.

A. General powers. The Council shall have the power to pass all such ordinances, not contrary to the Constitution and laws of the State of Maryland or this Charter, as it may deem necessary for the good government of the town; for the protection and preservation of the town's property, rights and privileges; for the preservation of peace and good order; for securing persons and property from violence, danger or destruction; and for the protection and promotion of the health, safety, comfort, convenience, welfare and happiness of the residents of the town and visitors thereto and sojourners therein.

B. Specific powers. The Council shall have, in addition, the power to pass ordinances, not contrary to the laws and Constitution of this state, for the following specific purposes:

(20) Explosives: to regulate or prevent the storage of gunpowder, oil or any other explosive or combustible matter and to regulate or prevent the use of firearms, fireworks, bonfires, explosives or any other similar things which may endanger persons or property.
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http://www.ecode360.com/ecode3-back/...sp?guid=HA0904

"§ 260-4 Firearms.
[Added by Bill No. 85-38]A. Within this section, a "firearm" shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or shotgun designed to propel any projectile or projectiles by means of explosive energy.
B. It shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any firearm:

(1) On the property of another without written permission of the property owner or tenant and having the written permission in immediate possession.
(2) In the direction of any residential dwelling or building designed and used for human occupancy or school wherein the person firing or discharging the firearm knows or should have known that the projectile or projectiles have a reasonable chance of striking the structure.
(3) On public property without first obtaining written permission from the appropriate agency or a permit from the agency if required and having the written permission or permit in immediate possession.
(4) Wherein the projectile or projectiles traverse the property of another so as to endanger life, limb or property.
(5) Within one hundred fifty (150) yards of any residential dwelling or building designed and used for human occupancy or school, located on adjacent or abutting property, without written permission from the property owner or tenant and having the written permission in immediate possession.
C. Nothing in this section shall be held to apply to or prohibit the firing or discharge of any firearms on a bona fide shooting range or if the same is reasonably necessary for the defense of life or property or to any law enforcement officer in the performance of official duty."


Bill number starting with 85 may mean it was added to law in 1985, or the 1978 was ammended in 1985. That last part sounds alot like texas style castle doctrine though.



This is from 1978:
193-5
Shooting foxes pursued by hounds.
Any person who shall shoot, kill or wound any fox which is being pursued by hounds within the limit of the county shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.) for every such offense.
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After reading the AG's response to the questions we put forth for long gun carry. The AG's office mentioned any firearms laws that were enacted before 1/1/1985 are not preempted by State law.

What laws/ordinances by local governments exist today, that were enacted before 1/1/1985?

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http://www.municode.com/library/Clie...spx?stateID=20
hey now.. where is calvert!!!
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hey now.. where is calvert!!!
Calvert County Code:
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§ 15-101. Definitions. [1982, ch. 550, § 1; 1985, ch. 715, § 2]


(a)In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.

(b)"Discharge" includes shooting or firing a firearm.

(c)"Evidence of permission" means a writing that specifies:

(1)The name of the person authorized to use the property;

(2)The identity of the property authorized to be used;

(3)The date and time when the permission is effective; and

(4)The signed authorization by the property owner or lessee or, if county property is involved, by a county official designated by the County Commissioners.

(d)"Firearm" means any portable or stationary weapon from which a shot is discharged by an explosive, and includes a handgun, rifle, and shotgun.

§ 15-102. Permission required. [1982, ch. 550, § 1; 1985, ch. 715, § 2; 1996; ch. 282, § 1]

(a)Except for a law enforcement officer in the line of duty or as provided in Subsection (b) of this section, a person may not discharge a firearm:

(1)Within 150 yards of a building which can be used as a residence, whether occupied or vacant; or

(2)On any property owned by another person or by Calvert County without evidence of permission on his person.

(b)The County Commissioners may, by ordinance, authorize a bona fide veterans' organization to conduct, for fund-raising purposes, an organized shooting event that is not subject to the restrictions provided in Subsection (a)(1) or (2) or both, of this section.

§ 15-103. Penalties. [1982, ch. 550, § 1; 1985, ch. 715, § 2]

A person who violates any provision of this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor, and on conviction may be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 30 days, or both.
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What about that miserable Montgomery County ammo shipment law?
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What about that miserable Montgomery County ammo shipment law?
That's the point of this thread...

If MDS members can research their local laws, and post them here, then everyone can sift through and find what is pertinent.
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