28.01.02.02

.02 Weapons/Dangerous Items Policy.

A. The Office does not permit weapons in any of its Office facilities. Individuals who legally possess the right to wear and carry firearms must secure the weapon in their vehicles prior to entering an Office facility.

B. Failure to secure the weapon in a vehicle prior to entering an Office facility may result in suspension of the hearing or mediation pursuant to the authority of the Administrative Law Judge to maintain order under COMAR 28.02.01.11.

C. Exceptions to the weapons policy are:

(1) A police officer in uniform, acting in the officer’s official capacity, who:

(a) Has been summonsed to appear as a witness for a hearing at a facility of the Office;

(b) Is on official duty and representing the police officer’s agency in an administrative hearing; or

(c) Is carrying a firearm as directed by the police officer’s agency’s policy on wearing and carrying firearms while in uniform; and

(2) A police officer not in uniform who is acting in the police officer’s official capacity as a representative of the police officer’s agency in an administrative hearing and is displaying the police officer’s badge of authority and conforming to the agency’s policy on wearing and carrying firearms while not in uniform.

D. Dangerous or toxic items, including but not limited to chemicals and sharp objects, that pose a threat to health or safety are prohibited by the Office. Any party who wants to offer such an item as evidence must file a motion and obtain the approval of the presiding administrative law judge prior to the hearing before bringing the item to the Office.

E. Illegal drugs are prohibited at the Office and are subject to confiscation.