Maryland prohibits any person from carrying or possessing a firearm on public school property.1
Exceptions to this prohibition include persons engaged in an organized shooting activity for educational purposes and persons who, with a written invitation from the school principal, display or engage in a historical demonstration using a weapon or a replica of a weapon for educational purposes.2
There is no exception for possession by handgun permit holders.
This law does not apply to an off-duty law enforcement officer who is a parent, guardian, or visitor of a student attending a school located on the public school property, provided that:
- The officer is displaying the officer’s badge or credential; and
- The weapon carried or possessed by the officer is concealed. ((Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-102(a)(2).)
See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-102(b). In Maryland, a county superintendent or the superintendent’s representative shall suspend a student for a minimum of one year if that student possesses a firearm on school property. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-305(f)(2). The superintendent may specify, on a case-by-case basis, a shorter period of expulsion or an alternative educational setting, if alternative educational settings have been approved by the county board, for a student who brought a gun onto school property. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 7-305(f)(3). See also Md. Code Regs. 13A.08.01.12-1. ⤴︎
- Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-102(a). ⤴︎