As a military member in Maryland, you may think that because you have a right to have weapons in your home, you can use them to defend your property. In many situations, defending your property with these kinds of weapons or even just with your own hands can result in penalties. Service members are at particular risk of this kind of situation backfiring thanks to Article 128 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
This code states that you have the right to remove someone from your property but that you can't use any more force than is necessary to do so. In order to defend yourself, you'll have to be able to show that you didn't use more force than necessary to remove a trespasser from your property. Otherwise, you can be charged with assault.