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File #: 16-0761    Version: 0 Name: Police Ordinances - Replica Gun Ban
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 9/19/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 12/5/2016
Enactment #: 16-593
Title: Police Ordinances - Replica Gun Ban For the purpose of prohibiting the possession of replica guns in Baltimore City; defining a certain term; making replica guns subject to seizure and forfeiture; establishing the procedures for seizing and forfeiting replica guns; imposing certain penalties; and generally relating to replica guns.
Sponsors: James B. Kraft, President Young, Sharon Green Middleton, Robert Curran, Brandon M. Scott, Helen L. Holton, Bill Henry, Mary Pat Clarke, Eric T. Costello, Nick Mosby, William "Pete" Welch, Rochelle Spector, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Guns, Ordinance, Police
Attachments: 1. Environmental Control Board 16-0761, 2. 16-0761~1st Reader, 3. City Solicitor 16-0761, 4. Police 16-0761, 5. 2nd Reader Amendments - 16-0761, 6. 16-0761~3rd Reader
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
12/8/20160 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/20160 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/14/20160 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/14/20160 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably with Amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/31/20160 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably with AmendmentPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/20160 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/20160 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Worksession  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20160 City Council President Refer to Environmental Control Board  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20160 City Council President Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/22/20160 City Council President Refer to Police Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/19/20160 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/19/20160 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/19/20160 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available

                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Kraft                                                                                                

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Police Ordinances - Replica Gun Ban

For the purpose of prohibiting the possession of replica guns in Baltimore City; defining a certain term; making  replica guns subject to seizure and forfeiture; establishing the procedures for seizing and forfeiting replica guns; imposing certain penalties; and generally relating to replica guns.

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By adding

Article 19 - Police Ordinances

Section(s) 39-1 to 39-13, to be under the new subtitle designation

“Subtitle 39.  Replica Guns”

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

BY adding

Article 1. Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

Section 41-14(2)(§ 39-2.  Replica gun possession prohibited)

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

                     Article 19.  Police Ordinances

 

                     Subtitle 39.  Replica Guns

 

                     Part 1.  In General

 

§ 39-1.  Replica gun defined.

 

In this Subtitle, “replica gun” means any toy, imitation, facsimile or replica pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, air rifle, B-B gun, pellet gun, machine gun, or other simulated weapon, which because of its color, size, shape, or other characteristics, can reasonably be perceived to be a real firearm.

 

§ 39-2.  Replica gun possession prohibited.

 

No person may own, carry, or possess a replica gun in the City of Baltimore.

 

§ 39-3.  {Reserved}

 

                     Part 2.  Seizure and Forfeiture

 

§ 39-4.  Seizure and forfeiture authorized.

 

A replica gun is subject to seizure and forfeiture if it is found in violation of this subtitle.

 

§ 39-5.  Seizure by police.

 

(a)  When warrant not needed.

 

A police officer need not have a warrant to seize a replica gun if:

 

(1)                     the police officer has probable cause to believe the replica gun is in violation of this subtitle; and

 

(2)                     a warrant is not constitutionally required under the circumstances.

 

(b)  Removal of replica gun.

 

Whenever a police officer seizes a replica gun under this subtitle, the police officer may cause it to be moved to a place designated by the Police Commissioner.

 

(c) Replica gun not repleviable.

 

A replica gun seized under this subtitle is not repleviable and remains in the custody of the Police Department, subject only to the orders and decrees of the court or official with jurisdiction over it.

 

§ 39-6.  Referral to Solicitor.

 

(a)  Police to refer case.

 

Promptly after seizure, the Police Department shall notify the City Solicitor in writing of the facts and circumstances supporting the seizure.

 

(b)  Solicitor’s review.

 

(1)                     On receiving the report, the Solicitor shall conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the seizure.

 

(2)                     If the Solicitor finds sufficient evidence that the alleged replica gun was in violation of this subtitle, the Solicitor shall notify the replica gun’s owner, by registered or certified mail, of the seizure and of the City’s intent to institute forfeiture proceedings.

 

(3)                     If, on the other hand, the Solicitor finds that there is insufficient evidence to prove a violation, the Solicitor shall surrender the alleged replica gun to the owner on the owner’s request.

 

§ 39-7.  Forfeiture petition; notice.

 

(a)  Filing; copies to parties in interest.

 

If the Solicitor determines that the replica gun should be forfeited, the Solicitor shall, within 90 days after the seizure of the replica gun:

 

(1)                     file a forfeiture petition in a court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of the City against the replica gun; and

 

(2)                     at the same time, send copies of the petition by registered or certified mail to the owner.

 

(b)  Contents.

 

The petition for forfeiture shall contain:

 

(1)                     the name of the owners of the replica gun;

 

(2)                     a statement of the facts and circumstances surrounding the seizure of the replica gun;

 

(3)                     a statement of the specific grounds for forfeiture; and

 

(4)                     a request that the replica gun be forfeited to the City.

 

§ 39-8.  Answer to petition.

 

(a)  When to be made.

 

Any defense to the petition must be filed within 15 days after the filing of the forfeiture petition.

 

(b)  How to be made.

 

(1)                     All defenses to a petition for forfeiture must be made by answer.

 

(2)                     The answer must:

 

(i)                     comply with the Maryland Rules of Procedure as to form and contents;

 

(ii)                     be divided into numbered paragraphs, each containing a separate and distinctive averment; and

(iii) respond to each material allegation contained in the petition, specifically admitting, denying, or explaining the facts alleged, unless the respondent is without knowledge or an admission or explanation would tend to incriminate the respondent, in either of which events the respondent must so state and that statement will operate as a denial.

 

(c)  Effect.

 

(1)                     Every allegation in the petition that is not denied in the answer is considered admitted, except as to persons unknown.

 

(2)                     New or affirmative matter alleged in the answer is considered denied or avoided by the petitioner without the need of any replication, unless the court orders otherwise.

 

§ 39-9.  Order of forfeiture.

 

(a)  In general.

 

If the court determines that the replica gun should be forfeited, the court shall order the replica gun forfeited to the City.

 

(b)  Disposition of forfeited replica gun.

 

A replica gun that has been ordered forfeited to the City must be destroyed.

 

§ 39-10.  Order of release.

 

If, after a full hearing, the court determines that the replica gun should not be forfeited, the court shall order the replica gun released.

 

§ 39-11.  {Reserved}

 

                     Part 3.  Penalties

 

§ 39-12. Enforcement by citation.

 

(a)  In general.

 

In addition to any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement procedure, § 39-2 of this Subtitle may be enforced by issuance of a civil citation under City Code Article 1, Subtitle 41 {“Civil Citations”}.

 

(b)  Process not exclusive.

 

The issuance of a civil citation to enforce § 39-2 of this Subtitle does not preclude pursuing any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement action authorized by law.

 

§ 39-13. Penalties - 3rd or subsequent offence.

 

Any person who violates any provision of this subtitle after having twice previously been found to have violated this subtitle is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or to imprisonment for not more than 30 days or to both fine and imprisonment for each offense.

 

                     Article 1.  Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

 

                     Subtitle 40.  Environmental Control Board

 

                     Subtitle 41.  Civil Citations

 

§ 41-14.  Offenses to which subtitle applies - Listing.

 

(2)                     Article 19.  Police Ordinances

. . . .

 

§ 39-2.  Replica gun possession prohibited.

1st offense                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $250

2nd offense or subsequent offense                                                                                                                                                                        $1,000

. . . .

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That the catchlines contained in this Ordinance are not law and may not be considered to have been enacted as a part of this or any prior Ordinance.

 

Section 3.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.