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Criminal Law Keyed to Weaver
State v. Crawford
Citation:308 Md. 683, 521 A.2d 1193 (1987).
The Defendant, Leonard Crawford, was charged with assault and with unlawful possession of a handgun in violation of state statute, Art. 27, § 36(b) which established a blanket rule that “prohibit[ed] any person from carrying, whether open or concealed, any handgun.”
The Defendant’s counsel requested an instruction to the jury as to the availability of the defense of necessity to the charge of unlawful possession of a handgun. The trial judge refused, finding there was no exception for necessity provided in Art. 27, § 36(b). The jury thus found the Defendant not guilty of assault, but guilty of unlawful possession of a handgun.
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