Atty General Issues Opinion On .22 Rifles

Some good news for a change.

The Office of Attorney General issued a favorable opinion Monday, May 24, as what constitutes a “copy” of a so called “assault weapon.” These firearms are subject to Maryland’s “regulated firearm” law.

The issue at hand was whether .22 caliber rimfire rifles that may cosmetically resemble any firearms defined as “assault weapons” in the Annotated Code of Maryland, Public Safety Article § 5-101, should be regulated under that section as “copies” of the listed center-fire models.

According to the opinion, a copy must be similar “in its internal components and function to the designated weapon” and “cosmetic similarity to an enumerated assault weapon alone would not bring a weapon within the regulated firearms law”.

The opinion also states that the Maryland State Police will make the initial decision as to whether the gun’s internal parts make it a “copy” of an “assault weapon.”

This is a victory for Maryland’s law-abiding citizens who use these common rifles for competition, sport shooting and home defense.

You can read the opinion in full by clicking here.

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UPDATE: MD Assault Weapons Ban Introduced

UPDATE: This Bill has been WITHDRAWN.


Today State Senator Michael Lenett (D-19) introduced Senate Bill 516, a bill that would designate certain firearms as “assault weapons” and would prohibit the possession, transfer or receiving of these so called “assault weapons” by law-abiding Maryland residents. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. It will be the responsibility of the Handgun Roster Board to compile and maintain a roster of such prohibited “assault weapons”.

Banning semi-automatic firearms, based solely upon their appearance, among honest, law-abiding residents in Maryland, SB 516 is nothing more than posturing by extreme anti-gun politicians looking to take away our Second Amendment rights every chance they get.

Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully request that he or she oppose Senate Bill 516! For contact information please click here.