[HISTORY: Arts. I and II adopted by the Commissioners (now Mayor and Council) of the Town of Leonardtown as indicated in article histories. Subsequent articles adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Leonardtown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 103.
Article I Fireworks
Article II Firearms
[Adopted 2-1-1939 by Ord. No. 13]
No pyrotechnic displays shall be held nor any fireworks be shot or exploded nor shall any firearms be shot unnecessarily or unreasonably within the corporate limits of Leonardtown, except with the permission of the Commissioners of Leonardtown.
Any person, firm or corporation violating the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $1 and costs nor more than $10 and costs, and, in default of fine, the party convicted shall be committed to the St. Mary's County jail for a period not exceeding 10 days or until discharged in due course of law.
[Adopted 6-3-1962 by Ord. No. 26A]
No person shall have in his possession, except within his own domicile, or carry or use within the corporate limits of Leonardtown a revolver or pistol of any description, shotgun or rifle which may be used for the explosion of cartridges or any air gun, B-B gun, gas-operated or spring gun or any instrument, toy or weapon commonly known as a "peashooter," "slingshot" or "beany" or any bow made for the purpose of throwing or projecting missiles of any kind by any means whatsoever, whether such instrument is called by any name set forth above or by any other name.
This prohibition shall not:
Apply to licensed shooting galleries or on private grounds or premises under circumstances when such instrument can be fired, discharged or operated in such a manner as not to endanger persons or property and also in such manner as to prevent the projectiles from traversing any grounds or space outside the limits of such gallery, grounds or residence; and provided, further, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the concealed carrying of any type of gun whatsoever when unloaded and properly cased to or from any range or gallery or to or from an area where hunting is allowed by law.
Forbid United States Marshals, sheriffs, constables and their deputies and any regular, special or ex officio police officer or any other law enforcement officer from carrying or wearing, while on duty, such weapons as shall be necessary in the proper discharge of their duties.
Every person convicted of a violation of this article shall forfeit to the Commissioners of Leonardtown such dangerous or deadly weapon so found in his possession and, upon conviction, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $5 and costs nor more than $100 and costs and, in default of such fine, shall be committed to the St. Mary's County jail for a period not exceeding 30 days or until discharged in due course of law.
Every police officer, upon making any arrest and taking a weapon used or possessed in violation of this article, shall deliver the same to the Trial Magistrate for St. Mary's County, Maryland, to be held by him until final determination of the prosecution for said offense; and upon a finding of guilt, it shall be the duty of said Trial Magistrate to deliver said weapon forthwith to the Commissioners of Leonardtown who shall make disposition of the weapon.