.01 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) Agency.

(a) “Agency” means any unit of government whose action gives rise to a contested case hearing under State Government Article, Title 10, Subtitle 2, Annotated Code of Maryland.

(b) “Agency” includes other units of government or private entities having a proceeding before the Office of Administrative Hearings to which the Chief Administrative Law Judge may assign a judge.

(2) “Firearm” means any device capable of propelling a missile by gunpowder or similar explosive, including, but not limited to, any gun, rifle, shotgun, handgun, pistol, or revolver.

(3) “Office” means the Office of Administrative Hearings.

(4) “Office facility” means any facility where a hearing or mediation is scheduled.

(5) “Police officer” means any State or local officer who is authorized to make arrests as part of the officer’s official duty.

(6) Weapon.

(a) “Weapon” means a device capable of:

(i) Propelling a missile or substance at high velocity by mechanical means, explosion, or expanding gas; or

(ii) Inflicting death or bodily harm to any individual, maiming or destroying wildlife, or destroying property.

(b) “Weapon” includes, but is not limited to:

(i) Any firearm, longbow, dirk knife, bowie knife, switchblade, club, metal knuckles, razor, box cutter, nunchaku, taser, or pepper spray/mace; and

(ii) Any other device or object designed to be used to inflict pain or cause injury.

(c) “Weapon” does not include a penknife without a switchblade.