Regulated Firearms Dealers

A Regulated Firearms Dealer is defined as a person who is, or seeks to be, engaged in the business of selling, renting, or transferring regulated firearms for either wholesale or retail. A Regulated Firearms Dealer must be licensed by the Maryland State Police, and must have a valid Federal Firearms License prior to the submission of the Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealer application.

Where to Mail Applications


 
Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn: Firearms Section


Who Should Apply?


 

A person who is, or seeks to be, engaged in the business of selling, renting, or transferring regulated firearms at wholesale or retail must possess a State of Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealer's License. The Regulated Firearms Dealer's License may be obtained by submitting the initial application (provided under Documents to the left) to the Maryland State Police. APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR PROCESSED WITHOUT A VALID FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE (FFL). A separate license is required for each place of business where regulated firearms are sold, rented, or transferred.

How To Apply

 

To apply, fill out the Regulation Firearms Dealer's License Initial Application form, along with TWO Authorization for Release of Information forms. These forms can be found in the Documents section below or by clicking on the bold hyperlinks above. 

Applications will be accompanied upon submission by:

  1. A copy of the applicant's current valid Federal Firearms License;
  2. A copy of the applicant's current valid government issued identification card, ie; Drivers License;
  3. A copy of the applicant's current trader's license, if inventory is maintained;
  4. Two (2) Authorization for Release of Information forms;
  5. A copy of the applicant's retail sales tax license;
  6. Receipt that electronic fingerprints were submitted containing the tracking number;
  7. A photograph of the applicant; and​
  8. A check or money order for the cost of an initial or renewal application, and any other applicable fees. DO NOT SUBMIT FEES FOR FINGERPRINTS AS THEY WILL BE PAID TO THE AUTHORIZED ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINT PROCESSING CENTER.

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 Much Does It Cost?

 

The initial application fee is $50. The fee for renewal applications is $25. Checks and money orders must be payable to the Maryland State Police. The application fee is non-refundable.

  
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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​

When Should I Renew?

 

Regulated Firearms Dealer's Licenses expire on the first June 30 after its effective date. Renewal requests must be received 30 business days prior to expiration to allow for the completion of a background investigation. The renewal application is provided in the Documents section under Application Documentation.

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

 

We realize that the current 77R form does not include the appropriate coding. The form has been corrected and will be disseminated upon reorder. Until such time please utilize the codes below on the current 77R form.

  • X-Assault Weapon
  • O-Other
  • A-Semi-Automatic
  • S-Single Shot
  • R-Revolver


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collapse Firearms Dealers : 2010 Advisories & Bulletins ‎(1)
Firearms Bulletin #10-2 - Information on Assault Weapon Purchases
Information on Assault Weapon Purchases
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LD-FRS-13-004 (C) - 2013 Firearm's Safety Act
2013 Firearm's Safety Act: Assault Weapons and Copycat Weapons. Updated on January 8th, 2014.
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Advisory LD-FRS-13-001 - 2013
Transfer of Regulated Firearm Compliance Advisory
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Licensing Div - Advisory LD-FRS-13-002
Electronic reporting of Maryland State Police application and affidavit to purchase regulated firearm.
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Advisory LD-FRS-13-003 - 2013
Transfer of a Regulated Firearm - Exemption to complete a Maryland State Police application and affidavit to purchase a Regulated Firearm application (77R) compliance advisory.
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Advisory LD-FRS-13-004 - 2013
2013 Firearm's Safety Act: Assault Weapons and Copycat Weapons. Updated on January 8th, 2014.
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Licensing Div- Advisory LD-FRS-13-005
Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers - High Capacity Magazine Conversion and Shell Casing Submissions
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Advisory LD-FRS-13-006 - 2013
Warranties & Replacement Parts: Regulated Firearm Compliance Advisory.
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Advisory LD-FRS-14-003 - Receivers of Banned Assault Long Guns
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Advisory -FRS-14-001 - New Policy and Procedures
New Policy and Procedures for 2014
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LD-FRS-Bulletin-14-001
Maryland State Police Firearm Review Request Form.
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ADVISORY LD-FRS – 14-001 Supplement
Policy and Procedures for 2014
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ADVISORY LD-FRS – 14-002 REVISED
Short Barreled Shotguns and Short Barreled Rifles
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LD-FRS-Bulletin 15-001
Provides detailed information for owners of multiple machine guns, business entities, and persons already holding an eMDSP account.
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LD-FRS-Bulletin 15-002
Bulletin referencing Maryland Licensed Firearm Dealers-Notification of Completed Transaction.
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LD-FRU-Bulletin 15-004
The 2015 Maryland General Assembly – Summary of Passed Legislation
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Firearms Safety Act Compliance
Advisory to assist Federal Firearms Licensees and Regulated Firearms Dealers to ensure compliance with the Firearms Safety Act of 2013.
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Notification of Seven Day Waiting Period
Bulletin referencing seven day waiting period
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Automation of 77R Processing
Bulletin pertaining to automation of the 77R process.
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Automation Update
Automation Update
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Maryland's Licensed Firearms Dealers - Licensing Portal Email Update
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Licensing Division's Portal Accounts
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Licensing Portal Dealer Training Outline
Handout given to firearms dealers at electronic 77R training seminars.
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Portal Update Notice
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Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473
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Dealer's Renewal Advisory 2017-2018
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Machine Gun Renewal - 2017
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Licensing Portal Maintenance
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Licensing Portal's 90-Day Forum
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2016-2017 Dealer Renewal Letter
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Machine Gun Automation
Information regarding the automation of the Machine Gun registration process.
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Approved Integrated Mechanical Safety Devices
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Authorization for Release of Information - Dealer Applicant
Document authorizes the Maryland State Police, as part of the background investigation, to review certain records.
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Dealer Ledger
THIS LEDGER IS REQUIRED TO BE USED ANYTIME A LICENSEE FAXES ANY APPLICATION. NO MODIFCATIONS OR ALTERATIONS ARE APPROVED. Md. PUBLIC SAFETY Code Ann. § 5-120
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Regulated Firearms Dealer's License-Initial
Application to be used by individuals seeking an initial State of Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealer's license.
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Letter to Maryland Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL)
Background Checks for Pawn Redemptions and Consignments of Hand Guns
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MSP 77R-2B
MARYLAND STATE POLICE Addendum: Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm Short Barreled Rifle (SBR)/Short Barreled Shotgun(SBS)
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MSP 77R Part 3
Authorizes the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or any other similar agency or department of another state, to disclose to the Department of State Police information limited to whether the applicant suffers from a mental disorder and/or has a hist
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Reference Questionnaire and Recommendation Form
Used by references selected by the applicant to assist with the Maryland State Police with the required background investigation.
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Regulated Firearms Dealer's License - Renewal
Application is to be used by existing State of Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealer's license holders to renew their license on a yearly basis.
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