Maryland Expandable Baton Laws

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Maryland Code, Criminal Law § 4-101

(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

(2) “Nunchaku” means a device constructed of two pieces of any substance, including wood, metal, or plastic, connected by any chain, rope, leather, or other flexible material not exceeding 24 inches in length.

(i) “Pepper mace” means an aerosol propelled combination of highly disabling irritant pepper-based products.
(ii) “Pepper mace” is also known as oleoresin capsicum (o.c.) spray.

(4) “Star knife” means a device used as a throwing weapon, consisting of several sharp or pointed blades arrayed as radially disposed arms about a central disk.

(i) “Weapon” includes a dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade knife, star knife, sandclub, metal knuckles, razor, and nunchaku.
(ii) “Weapon” does not include:
1. a handgun;  or
2. a penknife without a switchblade.


Maryland includes sandclub on its definition of “weapon.” A “sandclub” is another term for a baton, billie, blackjack or any other similar weapon.