Harford County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council by Bill No. 75-36.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Peace and good order — See Ch. 193.
[1]
Editor's Note: This legislation was included as Ch. 14, Art. IV, of the 1978 Code.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, give away, lend or otherwise transfer to any minor under the age of eighteen (18) years, except with the express permission of a parent or guardian of such minor, any bow and arrow or any BB gun, slingshot or other device, by whatever name or description known, designed to discharge a pellet or other object by force of a spring, elastic band, gas cylinder, air cylinder or gas or air cartridge.
B. 
It shall unlawful for any person to discharge or use any such bow and arrow, BB gun, slingshot or device, except on private property with the express permission of the owner or other person entitled to possession of such property and in such a manner as to prevent the discharged pellet or object from traversing any grounds or space outside the limits of such property or except at an indoor or outdoor target range under the supervision of an adult.
C. 
Nothing in this section shall be construed to make lawful anything otherwise prohibited by law.
[Added by Bill No. 85-30]
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings as defined by this section:
PERSON
Any individual, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
STUN GUN
An electronic device which is specifically designed to temporarily incapacitate a person with a nonlethal electric shock caused by direct contact or projectile, but shall not include any devices such as cattle prods or nerve stimulators specifically designed for and used in the medical or agricultural field.
[Added by Bill No. 85-30; amended by Bill No. 14-4]
A. 
Definition. In this section "electronic control device" has the meaning provided for in Section 4-109(a) of the Criminal Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended.
B. 
Applicability. A person who meets the standard requirements for possession of an electronic control device as outlined in Section 4-109(b) of the Criminal Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as amended, may possess an electronic control device.
C. 
Violation and penalties. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be subject to the general penalty provisions of § 1-23 of this Code.
[Added by Bill No. 85-30]
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.
Any violation of this chapter shall be deemed a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.) or imprisonment for not more than sixty (60) days, or both.