Maryland Laws Relating to Workplace Violence
A summary of Maryland laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.
Maryland requires a permit to wear, carry or transport a concealed weapon. A permit to carry a concealed weapon does not allow the holder to carry a concealed weapon on any public school property in the state.
The prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon without a permit does not prevent an individual from carrying a handgun on his or her person or in any vehicle:
- while transporting the handgun to or from the place of purchase or between the individual's residence and place of business, if the business is operated and substantially owned by the individual
- to and from a repair shop
- to target practice, a sport shooting event, hunting, firearms safety training, trapping, dog obedience training or show, or an organized military activity
- for a gun collector, to a gun exhibition
When traveling to or from any of the above-mentioned activities with a handgun, it must be unloaded and carried in an enclosed case or enclosed holster.
In addition, the prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon without a permit does not prevent an individual from wearing, carrying or transporting a handgun within the confines of real estate owned or leased by that person or on which that person resides, or within the confines of a business establishment owned or leased by that person.
The prohibition against carrying a concealed weapon without a permit does not prevent a supervisory employee from wearing, carrying or transporting a handgun within the confines of a business establishment in which that person is employed while acting in the course of employment and authorized to wear, carry or transport the handgun by the owner or management of the business establishment.
The following individuals are authorized to wear or carry a handgun without a permit:
- police officers
- uniformed security guards, special railway police and watchpersons who have been cleared for employment by the Department of State Police, while in the course of their employment or while traveling to or from the place of employment
- guards in the employ of a bank, savings and loan association, building and loan association or express or armored car agency, while in the course of employment or while traveling to or from the place of employment
- private detectives, while in the course of employment or while traveling to or from the place of employment
Except for law enforcement officers, individuals may not have a firearm in their possession or on or about their person at a demonstration in a public place or in a vehicle within 1,000 feet of a demonstration in a public place after having been advised by a law enforcement officer that a demonstration was occurring in the public place and having been ordered by the law enforcement officer to leave the area of the demonstration until the person disposes of the firearm.