Charles County, MD
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[HISTORY: Adopted and amended as indicated in text.]
Hunting — See Ch. 72.
Definitions. In this section, "air gun" means a small-caliber weapon, either a handgun or a shoulder weapon, from which pellets, bullets or darts are discharged by the expanding force of compressed air or gas [carbon dioxide (CO2)]. The term includes air guns called "air rifles," "BB guns," "gas guns," "spring-operated guns" and "air pistols."
Operation restricted.
No person shall discharge any air gun within 500 feet of any home or residence other than his own; any school or school grounds, whether private or public; any church or church grounds; any place of public assembly; or any public park or playground within the County.
No person shall:
[Added 11-5-2008 by Bill No. 2008-18]
Wear, carry, or transport a concealed air gun, on or about the person;
Wear, carry, or knowingly transport a concealed air gun, in a vehicle traveling on a road or parking lot generally used by the public, highway, waterway, or airway of the County.
Applicability of provisions. This section shall not prohibit the owner or tenant of any land from discharging any air gun on his land for the purpose of the protection of his own property or the life of himself or his family or killing predatory animals which prey upon, damage or destroy his property, livestock or crops. This section shall not apply to the discharge of any air gun on any target, trap or skeet range or shooting area which has been inspected and approved, in writing, by the County Commissioners or their duly authorized agent. This section shall not apply to the discharge of any air gun by any person in a private basement or cellar target range.
Violations and penalties. Any person who is convicted of a violation of any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $500.