Originally Posted by wogpotter
"Importing" is bringing in for sale or distribution, as opposed to transporting personal property. BTW.
Is that the legal definition applicable to the Maryland magazine law, or is that your definition?
The legislative intent of the law, certainly, was (and is) to limit the number of evil, "large capacity" magazines to the existing supply already in the state. If that is the legislative intent, then leaving a "loophole" by which MD residents can go out of state, purchase magazines they cannot purchase in MD, and then just cross back into MD would be rather contraproductive. I think the intent of "import" as used in the law is simply "to bring in from outside."
The Webster's definition of "import" as it applies to this context is
: to bring from a foreign or external source: as
a : to bring (as merchandise) into a place or country from another country
b : to transfer (as files or data) from one format to another usually within a new file
You may be correct in your interpretation, but I think I wouldn't want to volunteer to become the test case.