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Old 01-01-2009, 14:28   #1
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driving through MD w/ 15rd mags (no ammo)

I moved to VA and am going to PA to pick up my glock. Are there any issues with 15rd mags if I drive through MD? Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2009, 22:46   #2
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nope no issues. keep the gun in a holster or locked in a case. I travel regularly from Southern VA to MD (parents house) with my G23 and 3 hicap 13rd mags. when i hit the MD state line i remove my magazine and put the unloaded firearm in a holster behind my seat. if you ever to get pulled over just explain you are transporting a firearm and your destination and remind the officer the firearm is NOT loaded. He/She would usually say "where is it?" you tell them then they respond "Dont reach for it and we will be fine". Sometimes you may get into a long drawn out firearm conversation (happened to me once)

But anyways.... you'll be fine, nothing illegal about it
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Old 01-05-2009, 21:45   #3
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thanks for the advice! I'll feel a lot easier about it. I've never driven out of state with my gun before.

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Old 01-05-2009, 23:55   #4
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mazdaboi pretty much nailed it. When I'm going to the range it's in my range bag and the bag is in the trunk. The link below describes the rules. Go all the way to the bottom of the page.

http://crime.about.com/od/gunlawsbys...nlaws_md_2.htm
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Old 01-26-2009, 21:23   #5
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nope no issues. keep the gun in a holster or locked in a case. I travel regularly from Southern VA to MD (parents house) with my G23 and 3 hicap 13rd mags. when i hit the MD state line i remove my magazine and put the unloaded firearm in a holster behind my seat. if you ever to get pulled over just explain you are transporting a firearm and your destination and remind the officer the firearm is NOT loaded. He/She would usually say "where is it?" you tell them then they respond "Dont reach for it and we will be fine". Sometimes you may get into a long drawn out firearm conversation (happened to me once)

But anyways.... you'll be fine, nothing illegal about it
Forgive me for being late to this thread.

You should know that in MD, a loaded MAGAZINE is considered to be a loaded FIREARM! Seriously. So when transporting mags within the state or through the state, the mags must be unloaded.
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Forgive me for being late to this thread.

You should know that in MD, a loaded MAGAZINE is considered to be a loaded FIREARM! Seriously. So when transporting mags within the state or through the state, the mags must be unloaded.
really? ill have to look that up, if its true then ill unload my magazines, but if the firearm is in a locked case, there is nothing that says a magazine is a firearm. but this gives me something to look into.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:33   #7
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Forgive me for being late to this thread.

You should know that in MD, a loaded MAGAZINE is considered to be a loaded FIREARM! Seriously. So when transporting mags within the state or through the state, the mags must be unloaded.
really? ill have to look that up, if its true then ill unload my magazines, but if the firearm is in a locked case, there is nothing that says a magazine is a firearm. but this gives me something to look into.

**UPDATE**

From http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum28/2463-2.html

"I called the Maryland State Police HQ in Jessup about a month ago inquiring if a loaded magazine constituted a loaded gun and I wa told "NO." The handgun is not considered loaded (again, per my phone conversation with the MDSP) if a magazine is NOT inserted and there is obviously no round in the chamber. I've always "heard" that ammunition (in MD) must be in a separate, locked case away from the handgun, but I've never found a snip of code or statement from the MDSP to back that up. Traveling through MD, it's better to be safe than sorry of course."

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That was posted on another forum, my brother is a MD State Trooper, when he gets off work today i will call and verify with him this information.
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Old 01-29-2009, 17:41   #8
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The dealer in So. Md that I bought my 17 from told me the same thing before I left his shop. He said a loaded magazine is considered a loaded weapon. Even if kept in a seperate location than the weapon.
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Old 01-29-2009, 17:49   #9
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The dealer in So. Md that I bought my 17 from told me the same thing before I left his shop. He said a loaded magazine is considered a loaded weapon. Even if kept in a seperate location than the weapon.
The dealer I use says the same thing, and when I go to their range, I have to show up with all mags UNLOADED.

My computer is a bit kaput right now, otherwise I could point the earlier poster to the Maryland law/regulation that says that a magazine in transit must be unloaded. I have it bookmarked, but I'm on my wife's computer right now.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:14   #10
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It is not covered in the criminal law section but it is covered in the DNR law. Loaded mag equals a loaded weapon. Maryland is very anti-gun. If you run into the wrong officer and get charged it will still cost you a pretty penny to get a not guilty verdict. To me it would be worth unloading the mags.
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Old 03-09-2009, 15:04   #11
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Talk about anti-gun, my neighbor was stopped for speeding on I-81. Was asked to exit the car, patted down and had a pen knife like we all carry and was charged with a concealed weapon. Now he has to go to court. Bummer
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Old 03-24-2009, 18:08   #12
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It is not covered in the criminal law section but it is covered in the DNR law. Loaded mag equals a loaded weapon. Maryland is very anti-gun. If you run into the wrong officer and get charged it will still cost you a pretty penny to get a not guilty verdict. To me it would be worth unloading the mags.
+1 on that

Though all the Practical Defense classes I've taken have also said tha MD considers a loaded mag a loaded weapon, the same with the gunshops I deal with, and the police that are members of the range I belong to.
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Old 05-16-2009, 16:13   #13
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Yup, I was told the same thing and didn't believe it, so I asked a client who is a criminal defense attorney. He told me the law as argued is that its illegal to transport a firearm with a loaded magazine, period. There is no written distinction between the magazine being detachable or not. DAs can (and apparently have) said that having a loaded magazine means the gun can be made ready to fire simply inserting it and chambering a round.

So yeah, when I transport my gun the mags are unloaded, its locked up and all ammo is in a seperate section of the car.

I would strongly urge anyone transporting a firearm in MD to error not on the side of caution, but on the side of overt legal paranoia when it comes to compliance with gun laws.
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Old 05-25-2009, 15:18   #14
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If you get on a cops bad side somehow there isn't much you can do. Usually a pen knife wouldn't get you busted unless you said you use it for self defense so you should say you use it to open boxes or something but it all depends on the cop.

I didn't know about the loaded mag thing so I guess thats yet another reason to get the heck out of MD. My wife and I have been planning on PA or something.

I would also not just keep a gun in a holster behind your seat. It is supposed to be out of reach and in a locking container, the trunk qualifies as a locking container. If you drive a truck you had better have a locking gun case to keep it in or get ready to be taken to jail. MD is a communist state and you should act accordingly within it's borders.
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The law also states under Title 18 that you may transport the firearm THROUGH the state. Maryland cannot be your final destination. If so you too will find yourself with legal problems.
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Maryland Law does not prohibit an individual from transporting a loaded magazine according to the attachment that I posted from the Assistant Attorney General.
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Old 02-11-2011, 18:04   #17
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Maryland Law does not prohibit an individual from transporting a loaded magazine according to the attachment that I posted from the Assistant Attorney General.
The law rarely gets in the way of cops in anti-gun states arresting you. Especially MD.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:19   #18
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MD statute 4-203 gives the relatively small list of exceptions to the carrying of weapons in your car. They include:

Going to and from a gun shop
Going to or from a hunt
Going to or from an organized shoot or range

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http://law.justia.com/maryland/codes...gcr/4-203.html

Driving from one house you own to another house you own is also ok. But if you are driving from VA to a home in MD you don't own, technically you are in violation I would either travel in compliance with FOPA (locked in trunk or in car with locked container unloaded) or tell the LEO you are coming back or going to an organized shoot or to the range. You are then legal.

If you are traveling in MD all you need to be legal is to have the firearm unloaded in an enclosed holster or case and be involved in one of the activities in listed in 4-203.

Contrary to some of the incorrect info given here, loaded mags are completely legal. Two places to avoid when getting legal info, cops and gun shops.

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Old 02-14-2011, 01:03   #19
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MD statute 4-203 gives the relatively small list of exceptions to the carrying of weapons in your car. They include:

Going to and from a gun shop
Going to or from a hunt
Going to or from an organized shoot or range

read it here
http://law.justia.com/maryland/codes...gcr/4-203.html


Contrary to some of the incorrect info given here, loaded mags are completely legal. Two places to avoid when getting legal info, cops and gun shops.
Pay attention to the C1, pay special attention to the part after "or". It has been charged and convicted. It doesn't spell out in the hunting handbook "It is unlawful to:
* Have a loaded firearm in, on, or leaning against any vehicle. This includes ammunition in the magazine or a muzzleloader ready to fire" for no reason.


http://law.justia.com/maryland/codes...nr/10-410.html
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Old 07-13-2011, 21:13   #20
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I have a copy if a letter from the attorney generals office in Maryland, it indicates that it is not against the law to have loaded magazines. This is persuant to the fact that MD law clearly indicates that the firearm is holstered separately from the mags / speed loaders / ammo in general.

The clarification was reqested in writing from a MD state senator, and responded to by the assistant AG.

I don't get the impression they were happy about it.

Also, long guns that do not fall into the category of "regulated" firearms can be kept in the car without going or coming directly from one of the a places listed above.

Of course, I would not expect a normal officer to know the differences. For example: An AR15 is a regulated firearm, but an AR10 is not. AR10s are not on the list. Also, copies of
Colt HBAR rifles are not regulated either. So, if you were to purchase an AR reciever, it's regulated and in the systemm, like a handgun. However, if you build it out as an HBAR clone, it's not a regulated firearm anymore.

Hard to follow.


This is why I keep a copy of that letter in my range bags. Since I like to load up mags prior to going to the range.
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