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Chow v. Maryland
Maryland Court of Appeals
903 A.2d 388 (2006)
Man Nguyen borrowed a handgun from Todd Chow (defendant) after Nguyen’s own handgun was confiscated by police as part of a crime investigation. Police stopped Nguyen and found the borrowed gun. Chow was later charged with violation of a Maryland law requiring the transfer of a firearm to be conducted with the assistance of a licensed dealer. The transfer form, which dealers were required to forward to the state, included options for dealer sales, secondary sales, gifts, and voluntary registrations. Chow was found guilty in the county circuit court, and the court of special appeals affirmed. Chow appealed to the Maryland Court of Appeals, arguing that the statute applied only to permanent transfers of firearms.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cathell, J.)
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