FAQs

Click on any of the below sections to expand. If you have a question relating to a particular department of the Licensing Division, you can click on the links below to go to the specific FAQs broken down by section.​​​​​​

  
collapse Category : Firearms ‎(5)
How can I legally transport firearms within / through Maryland?

​They must be unloaded, in a carrying case, holster with a flap and the ammunition should be separate. It would be best to keep the unloaded weapon in the trunk where you do not have access to it. There are further regulations but essentially you can only transport a handgun between residence, to and from a repair shop, a shooting sporting event, between a residence and place of business if substantially owned and operated by the person. For more information please contact our Licensing Division​.

How do you become a gunsmith, retail or wholesale firearms dealer, or get information on ammunition sales and/or gunsmithing?

​Please contact our Licensing Division​ for that information.

What handguns are approved for sale in Maryland?
Is there a law for storing firearms in the home?

​Yes. Under the Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Law, Article 4 Section 104, it is unlawful for any person to store or leave a loaded firearm in a location where the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised child would gain access to the firearm. (For safety purposes, the stored firearm should be unloaded and the use of a trigger lock is recommended).​

Is an AK-47 handgun banned?

​No, an AK-47 handgun is not banned because it is not an assault long gun. An AK-47 handgun would still be a "regulated firearm" requiring a 77R and may not be sold in Maryland, or manufactured for distribution in Maryland, unless included on the Handgun Roster.​

collapse Category : Firearms Collectors ‎(2)
Am I licensed when I become a Designated Collector?

​No.  A Designated Collector is a status granted to an individual by the Maryland State Police.  This status allows the individual to purchase more than one firearm at a time.  This status does not grant any additional privileges or expedite the processing time required for a regulated firearms purchase.​

Do I get a card with my collector status?

​No.  You will receive a letter explaining that you have been granted the status of a “Designated Collector”.  This status allows for multiple firearm purchases.​

collapse Category : Firearms Dealers ‎(11)
What do I do if I move to a new place of business? Do I keep my old license?

​A dealer's license is not transferable. Prior to moving a place of business, a licensee shall inform the Secretary and surrender the dealer's license.​

Based upon the legislation, is it 'defined' for the dealers what they must do exactly in order to notify transferees of the 72 hour requirement for lost/stolen regulated firearm? 

​The Public Safety Article, 5-146(a) states that the dealer/seller/transferor "shall notify the purchaser or recipient . . . ."  The statute doesn't provide any further guidance.  A response to question #23 on the newly revised 77R that the dealer did so is sufficient.​

The new law expressly exempts Firearms manufacturers from the HQL. Firearm Manufacturers only account for approximately 10% of licensed Maryland dealers. Is there an exemption for firearms dealers from the HQL requirement?

​The Public Safety Article 5-102(6) exempts dealers from all requirements of Title 5, Subtitle 1 of Public Safety.  Dealers can acquire handguns without an HQL for dealer stock. So, a dealer does not need an HQL to acquire stock.  If the dealer is a corporation or LLC and it wants to sell a handgun to one of its employees or corporate officers, the purchaser will need to complete a 77R and have a HQL.  If the dealer is a sole proprietor, then the business stock is also their personal property and no 77R/HQL would be necessary for transfers from "business stock" to "personal collection.​

Is there an HQL exemption for a dealer when he is considering transfers from his personal stock which could be a purchase not applicable for entry into the federal Acquisition and Disposal Book, but for personal use? 

​If the dealer is a sole proprietor, then business stock is also the dealer's personal property.  No 77R or HQL is required if the dealer transfers a regulated firearm from dealer stock to personal collection. If the sole proprietor dealer wanted to buy a handgun directly for his personal possession (from a licensed dealer in MD), then the dealer would have to complete the 77R and have a HQL.​

Can Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealers transfer Regulated firearms at gun shows?

​Yes. COMAR 29.03.01.21 ("Transfer of Regulated Firearms Sold at Gun Shows") states:

"A. A seller or dealer may not transfer a regulated firearm sold from a table or fixed display at a gun show until the eighth day after the seller or dealer has forwarded the application to purchase or transfer a regulated firearm by certified mail or facsimile machine to the Secretary.

B. A dealer may conduct business at a gun show if:

(1) A legible photostatic copy of a valid Dealer's License is displayed prominently in public view as part of the display;

(2) All business conducted at a gun show is from a table or fixed display; and

(3) The dealer conducts business in compliance with Public Safety Article, Title 5, Subtitle 1, Annotated Code of Maryland."​


What if the applicant is a corporation?

​If the applicant is a corporation, the application shall be completed and executed by a corporate officer who is a resident of the State of Maryland.​

How do you verify the credentials of current or retired military personnel?

​Please refer to the following web-page.

http://www.cac.mil/uniformed-services-id-card/ ​​

May I build my lower receiver purchased after 10/1/2013 into an assault long gun?

​No, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun purchased after 10/1/2013 may be built—provided there is compliance with federal and other state laws—only into a handgun, a short barreled rifle that has an overall length of 29 inches or greater, or if the lower receiver is an AR15 platform, into a heavy barrel model.

May I build my lower receiver purchased at any time into a handgun?

​Yes, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun may be manufactured provided there is compliance with federal and other state laws—into a handgun.

Do I need a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) in order to purchase a lower receiver?

​No, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun is classified by the State as a “firearm,” but not a “handgun”.  A Handgun Qualification License (HQL) is only needed if you are purchasing a handgun that is not classified as a curio and relic.

Which code types should I use for section 4 of the 77R application?

​For section 4 of the 77R application please utilize the code types below.  We realize the current 77R application does not include the appropriate coding.  The form has been corrected and will be disseminated upon reorder.

X -Assault Weapon

O -Other

A -Semi-Automatic

S -Single Shot

R -Revolver​

collapse Category : Firearms Safety Act 2013 (SB 281) ‎(6)
If you already have an approved safety firearms training course, honorable military discharge, handgun carry permit, or lawfully own a regulated firearm - no new training course is necessary - correct?

​If you have already taken a course approved by the Secretary, the answer is yes. Exemptions from the training requirement apply to someone who has taken the DNR Hunter Safety Course, is honorably discharged from the armed forces or National Guard, is an employee of an armored car company who has a handgun permit, or who lawfully owns a regulated firearm.

Does the new law require 16 hrs & 8 hrs (re-up) training for Conceal Carry Handgun permit holders?

​16 hours of training is required for the initial issue of a handgun (carry) permit; 8 hours is required for the renewal of a handgun (carry) permit.​

 "Criminals" may not posses ammunition for regulated firearms - but how will a store know they are not selling ammunition to a criminal? Will I need a HQ license to buy ammunition for my regulated firearm?

​Stores are not expected to know whether or not the person who purchases ammunition is prohibited. You will not need a license of any kind to purchase ammunition.​

It appears that registration of "already owned" regulated/banned firearms, after 10/1/13 is no longer part of the law? Do owners need to register those rifles? Or register already owned (greater than 10 round) magazines?

​Any firearm lawfully owned prior to October 1, 2013 is not required to be registered. Magazines are not required to be registered.​

Is a folding stock a collapsible stock?

​No.​

Our team uses semi automatic AR10 or Heavy Barrel "H Bar" AR rifles in competitions - are they now part of the ban or considered regulated? They are not on the firearms list.

​No, the AR-10 is not banned for sale in Maryland. The AR-10 is not one of the enumerated banned assault weapons as listed in the Public Safety Title 5 101 (r) (2). Please click here to find the Public Safety Article​.  

However, please note that an AR-10 could, depending on its specific configuration, meet the definition of a "copycat weapon" Criminal Law 4 301 (e)​

collapse Category : General Information ‎(8)
How do I expunge my criminal record?

Information referencing expungement can be obtained through the Maryland Courts website.  To access their website please click here​.​

What are the State and Federal firearm prohibitors?

​Click State Prohibitors.pdfState Prohibitors.pdf  for the State Prohibitors

Click Federal Prohibitors.pdfFederal Prohibitors.pdf for the Federal Prohibitors

Where can I go to be LiveScan fingerprinted?

To find a fingerprinting service provider, please click HERE​.​

Can a LiveScan provider that is not on the provider list fingerprint me?

​No. They must be approved by the Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services. 

How do I view documents from the website?

 In order to view documents that are PDFs please utilize Internet Explorer or disable the PDF Viewer in Google Chrome.  Instructions for disabling the PDF Viewer can be found HERE.

What is a habitual drunkard?

Habitual drunkard is a person who has been found guilty of any three crimes under § 21-902(a), (b), or (c) of the Transportation Article, one of which occurred in the past year.​​

What is a habitual user?

​A habitual user is a person who has been found guilty of two controlled dangerous substance crimes, one of which occurred in the past 5 years.​

How do I obtain employment verification with MSP?

Effective January 1, 2016, fax requests will not be honored.

E-mail employment verification requests, along with the release authorization to msp.hrd@maryland.gov.  You will receive a response to your request within 72 hours.

To contact by phone, call 410-653-4200 and ask for the Personnel Administration Section. 

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collapse Category : Handgun Qualification License ‎(7)
How do I apply for a Handgun Qualification License?

​Prior to October 1, 2013, the application process will be automated on the Maryland State Police Licensing Division webpage.​

How will a firearms dealer know that I have a Handgun Qualification License?

​The Maryland State Police will issue a Handgun Qualification License to present to the dealer.​

How do I register to instruct the Firearms Safety Training Course?

​Prior to October 1, 2013, the registration process will be automated on the Maryland State Police Licensing Division webpage.​

How does a new resident register a regulated firearm?

​Prior to October 1, 2013, the registration process will be automated on the Maryland State Police Licensing Division webpage.​

How can I prove I legally owned a handgun before October 1, 2013 and am therefore exempt from the training requirement?

​When applying for your HQL you will be asked for the serial number of your legally owned handgun. Upon providing that serial number you will have met your obligation.​

Do I need an HQL to fire at a gun range?

​No. An HQL is the only required to purchase, rent or transfer a firearm.​

How do you verify the credentials of current or retired military personnel?

Please refer to the following web-page: http://www.cac.mil/uniformed-services-id-card/​

collapse Category : Regulated Firearms Purchases ‎(12)
How do I check the status of my application?

​Applications being processed by the Firearms Registration Section can be found at the top of the home page. If you applied prior to the date listed and have not been contacted, or if you have additional questions or concerns, please send your status check request to: msp.firearmsregistration@maryland.gov​​

Why am I placed on review?

​If there are any discrepancies discovered on the 77R application and/or during any records checks, the application will be placed on hold pending further review by a Maryland State Trooper to ensure the applicant is not prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm.​

Can I complete an additional application for the purchase of a regulated firearm even though I am currently waiting for my previous application to be approved?

​A person may not purchase more than one regulated firearm in a 30-Day period. You may complete more than one application within 30 days, however you may not transfer or take possession of more than one firearm within the 30 day period. Exceptions to this rule are listed on the Regulated Firearms Collector page.​

The Maryland State Police recently confirmed my eligibility and I purchased a handgun last month. Why am I on review again?

​Even though you have recently purchased a handgun legally, a background check is still required. MSP must ensure that since the time of your purchase you have not been served a protective order, or been arrested, convicted of a disqualifying crime, or placed on supervised probation, etc.

Can you check my record prior to filling out the paperwork for a regulated firearm?

​No, Maryland law does not allow the Maryland State Police to access your criminal record without first having an application on file.

Will I need to obtain a Handgun Qualification License in order to purchase a regulated firearm

​Yes. Please see the Handgun Qualification License page for more information​.

What is a habitual drunkard?

​Habitual drunkard is a person who has been found guilty of any three crimes under § 21-902(a), (b), or (c) of the Transportation Article, one of which occurred in the past year.​

What is a habitual user?

​Habitual user is a person who has been found guilty of two controlled dangerous substance crimes, one of which occurred in the past 5 years.​

Who will be responsible for fingerprinting applicants?

​The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Please refer to the Public Safety and Correctional Services website for fingerprinting details and locations click Here.


May I build my lower receiver purchased after 10/1/2013 into an assault long gun?

​No, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun purchased after 10/1/2013 may be built—provided there is compliance with federal and other state laws—only into a handgun, a short barreled rifle that has an overall length of 29 inches or greater, or if the lower receiver is an AR15 platform, into a heavy barrel model.

May I build my lower receiver purchased at any time into a handgun?

​Yes, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun may be manufactured provided there is compliance with federal and other state laws—into a handgun.​

Do I need a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) in order to purchase a lower receiver?

​No, a lower receiver of a banned assault long gun is classified by the State as a “firearm,” but not a “handgun”.  A Handgun Qualification License (HQL) is only needed if you are purchasing a handgun that is not classified as a curio and relic.

collapse Category : Transfer Permit ‎(2)
What do I do if my name or address changes?

​It is the Permit holder’s responsibility to ensure the Licensing Division is notified of address or name changes in writing. There is no fee to change information maintained by the Licensing Division. E-mail notifications are not accepted and you may not receive a confirmation of receipt for change of information.​

What is the process upon receipt of my application?

​Upon receipt of the application, and all required documents and information, a review of the application packet will begin. Those applications determined to be incomplete, inaccurate and/or with purposeful omissions will be returned to the sender. A criminal investigation of the applicant and/or submitter may be initiated if false information is supplied. Returned applications are not considered received by the Licensing Division until they are returned satisfactorily completed with the necessary attachments and fees.

A background investigation will be initiated on those applications accurately submitted in their entirety. The date the background is initiated depends on the accuracy, truthfulness, and completeness of the submission. The Maryland State Police will investigate the character, reputation, and qualifications of each applicant. The State Police shall conduct a computer generated criminal history background investigation of the applicant to determine if the applicant is prohibited by State or federal law from purchasing or possessing a regulated firearm or if the applicant is engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit.

Applicants found to be prohibited by State or federal law from purchasing or possessing a regulated firearm, or is engaged in the business, the application shall be disapproved. Upon completion of the investigation, the Maryland State Police will evaluate the information provided and issue permits appropriately.​

collapse Category : Transporting Firearms ‎(3)
Can we travel to other states for competitions and return with our already owned banned firearms? Can someone come from another state, for competition in Maryland, with a banned rifle?

​A Maryland resident who lawfully owned the firearm prior to October 1, 2013 may travel with the firearm to other states and return so long as it is not a violation in the state you are traveling to and the firearm is being transported in accordance with the law. A person may not transport an assault weapon into Maryland for target competition unless the person lawfully possesses, has a purchase order for, or applied to purchase the weapon before October 1, 2013. Federal law allows a person to transport a firearm through Maryland but not to Maryland if the firearm is not in compliance with state law.​

Can I legally transport my regulated firearm to the range?

​Yes, however, Maryland and Federal laws require specific conditions be met while transporting a handgun. Please refer to Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Law, Title 4, Section 203 for a detailed account of wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun. You may access the Maryland General Assembly website at http://mlis.state.md.us/ You can access the Federal requirements through www.atf.gov and conduct a search for “27 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 178” and then look for “Transportation of Firearms.” The basic requirement during transport is the handgun must be unloaded and in an enclosed case or enclosed holster with the ammunition separate from the handgun AND you must be transporting the handgun to or from the locations listed in the statute. ​

Can I legally transport firearms interstate?

​Yes, under Title 18, Section 926A, of the United States Code, a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment. In the case the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked compartment other than the glove compartment or console.​

collapse Category : Wear and Carry Permit ‎(17)
I have a permit/CCW from my state.  Is this valid in Maryland?

​No.  Maryland does not recognize permits/CCWs from any other state.​

Can I legally transport my regulated firearm to the range?

​ Yes, however, Maryland and Federal laws require specific conditions be met while transporting a handgun. Please refer to Maryland Annotated Code, Criminal Law, Title 4, Section 203 for a detailed account of wearing, carrying, or transporting a handgun. You may access the Maryland General Assembly website at http://mlis.state.md.us/ You can access the Federal requirements through www.atf.gov​ and conduct a search for “27 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 178” and then look for “Transportation of Firearms.” The basic requirement during transport is the handgun must be unloaded and in an enclosed case or enclosed holster with the ammunition separate from the handgun AND you must be transporting the handgun to or from the locations listed in the statute.​

Can I legally transport firearms interstate?

​Yes, under Title 18, Section 926A, of the United States Code, a person who is not prohibited from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment. In the case the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked compartment other than the glove compartment or console.​

Where can I go to be LiveScan fingerprinted?

​To find a fingerprinting service provider, please Click Here​.

Can a LiveScan provider that is not on this list print me?

​No.  They must be approved by the Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services.​

Can an out-of-state LiveScan provider print me?

​No.  Out-of-state providers are not approved by the Dept. of Public Safety and Correctional Services.​

Who is exempt from the training requirement?

​Click Here​ to see the exemptions

How can I find an approved certified handgun instructor?

​A list of Qualified Handgun Instructors is available online here​.

Can a handgun instructor that is not on the list qualify me?

​No.  The handgun instructor must be registered with the Maryland State Police on-line registration.​

I cannot get the application to download or come up on my screen?

​The application is not supported by certain internet service providers.  Therefore, Internet Explorer must be used for the application to download.​

Can the application be handwritten?

​No.  The application must be completed on the computer, then printed and signed.  Handwritten applications will be returned as incomplete.​

The on-line handgun permit application will not accept my valid email address.  What do I do?

​You may handwrite the email address or you can print the application out with the red banner showing.  If handwriting the email address make sure it is accurate and legible.​

 My Country of birth is not listed in the drop down box.  What should I do?
You may handwrite in your country of birth if not listed in the drop down list.​
What number on my LiveScan receipt should I put at the top of the application?

​ You may leave this area blank.  Send in a copy of the LiveScan receipt with the application.​

How do I obtain a replacement if my Handgun Permit is lost or stolen?

​You must submit a notarized letter advising the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the permit.  Submit a $10 check or money order and one (1) passport size photograph taken within the last 30 days.  If you are a security guard, private detective, armored car guard or special police officer, also provide a company letter from your current employer verifying your employment.​

What documentation do I need to submit with my renewal application?

​You need to submit the same documentation as when you first applied.​

If my handgun permit should expire before I receive my renewed handgun permit card, can I still carry a handgun?

​As long as the renewal application has been received at the Handgun Permit Section at least two (2) weeks prior to the expiration date of the current handgun permit, you are still allowed to carry on the expired permit until you receive your renewed permit.  If the application is returned to you for incompleteness and you resubmit it after the two (2) weeks, you will not be allowed to carry your handgun.​