Gun Crime Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland
Maryland residents are passionate about their love for the second amendment. Rightly so, many of our residents possess weapons legally for a variety of reasons, including safety and sport. While each state has their own gun laws, it is important for those who live in Maryland to understand the rules and what happens if they break them. Decker, Tychostup & Friedman recognizes and appreciates one’s rights to own and possess firearms, but also the serious impact on one’s life when charged with a crime related to them. Whether you have been denied a permit to purchase or have been arrested for illegal possession of a gun or other gun-related crime, contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.
What are Maryland’s gun laws?
Maryland’s state constitution does not have a specific provision granting a “right to bear arms.” That said, residents have a right to own a variety of guns. As in many other states, there is an inherent difference regarding how the state handles long guns vs. handguns. For example, one does not need a permit to purchase long guns, including rifles and shotguns, nor do residents need to register them or have a license to own. On the other hand, handguns are considered “regulated firearms” and need a permit to purchase, a license, and must be registered.
A permit to carry is not provided for long guns. For handguns, the permit to carry is saved mostly for law enforcement and those who face imminent danger. Getting a permit as a citizen is rare.
Unlawful possession of a firearm
Certain people are barred from owning and possessing regulated firearms, including handguns. These people include:
- Convicted felons
- Persons convicted of a crime of violence
- Habitual drunkards
- Drug addicts
- Mental institution patients with a stay of 30 days or more
- People under 21 years of age.
In addition, there are many guns that are banned from owning or buying within state lines. This includes brands and copies. In 2013, the state enacted new legislation that banned assault long guns, mostly semi-automatic rifles, and large capacity magazines. The penalties for being convicted of unlawful possession are quite serious, often leading to thousands in fines and the possibility of jail time. For those who are banned from possessing a gun, especially felons, the matter can be even more serious.
The right to carry is often saved for those in law enforcement and security; jobs that require it. Maryland is a “may issue” state, meaning that requests to carry are heard, but rarely issued without a valid reason. You must have a permit to carry, wear, or transport (concealed or open) a handgun. Illegal carry is a misdemeanor. First offenders could face jail time and serious fines. A second offense could be up to a decade in prison. Subsequent offenses could subject a convicted person to a minimum of 3 years and up to a decade in jail.
Using a gun in commission of another crime
One of the most serious gun charges a person can face is the use of a gun in the commission of a violent crime. Being convicted of this crime can be devastating, leading to decades in prison. Most crimes can be “upgraded” to greater charges when a gun is involved. For example, a simple assault charge can be upgraded to aggravated assault when a gun is involved. A robbery charge can be upgraded to armed robbery if found to have a weapon or a written declaration of possessing a weapon during the commission of the crime.
Denied a gun permit?
If you have been denied a gun permit, our firm is ready to step in. We recognize one’s rights to own a firearm. When people are denied their rights given to them by the constitution, Decker, Tychostup & Friedman is ready to represent them. Our firm has helped countless clients denied a purchase permit and fight for those whose life circumstances call for a right to carry a concealed weapon.
Contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman
Our firm fight for the rights of clients facing gun charges. For many, a misdemeanor conviction would impact their lives immensely. For those who face felony gun charges, their life is on the line. For a consultation with an experienced gun crime attorney, contact Decker, Tychostup & Friedman.