SENATE BILL 453
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By: Senator Edwards
Introduced and read first time: January 20, 2021
Assigned to: Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
A BILL ENTITLED
1 AN ACT concerning
2 Allegany County and Garrett County – Archery Hunting – Safety Zone
3 FOR the purpose of altering the size of the safety zone for archery hunters in Allegany
4 County and Garrett County within which archery hunting may not take place except
5 under certain circumstances; and generally relating to the archery hunting safety
6 zone in Allegany County and Garrett County.
7 BY repealing and reenacting, with amendments,
8 Article – Natural Resources
9 Section 10–410(g)
10 Annotated Code of Maryland
11 (2012 Replacement Volume and 2020 Supplement)
12 SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND,
13 That the Laws of Maryland read as follows:
14 Article – Natural Resources
15 10–410.
16 (g) (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, a
17 person, other than the owner or occupant, while hunting for any wild bird or mammal may
18 not shoot or discharge any firearm or other deadly weapon within 150 yards, known as the
19 “safety zone”, of a dwelling house, residence, church, or other building or camp occupied by
20 human beings, or shoot at any wild bird or mammal while it is within this area, without
21 the specific advance permission of the owner or occupant.
22 (2) A person, while hunting for any wild bird or mammal, may not shoot or
23 discharge any firearm within 300 yards of a public or nonpublic school during school hours
24 or at a time when a school–approved activity is taking place.
EXPLANATION: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.
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1 (3) (i) For archery hunters in ALLEGANY COUNTY, Calvert County,
2 Carroll County, Cecil County, Frederick County, GARRETT COUNTY, Harford County,
3 Montgomery County, St. Mary’s County, or Washington County, the safety zone described
4 in paragraph (1) of this subsection extends for 50 yards from a dwelling house, residence,
5 church, or any other building or camp occupied by human beings.
6 (ii) For archery hunters in Anne Arundel County, the safety zone
7 described in paragraph (1) of this subsection extends for 100 yards from a dwelling house,
8 residence, church, or any other building or camp occupied by human beings.
9 (4) During any open hunting season, a person, other than the owner or
10 occupant, may not hunt or chase willfully any wild bird or mammal within the safety zone
11 without the specific advance permission of the owner or occupant.
12 (5) In Harford County, an archery hunter shall use a tree stand when
13 hunting any wild bird or mammal within 50 to 100 yards of a dwelling house, residence,
14 church, public or nonpublic school, or other building or camp occupied by human beings.
15 (6) In Montgomery County or Washington County, an archery hunter shall
16 be in an elevated position that allows the hunter to shoot in a downward trajectory when
17 hunting any wild bird or mammal within 50 to 100 yards of a dwelling house, residence,
18 church, public or nonpublic school, or other building or camp occupied by human beings.
19 SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect July
20 1, 2021.