Who Should Apply?
Any person who wishes to purchase, rent, or transfer a regulated firearm must complete a MSP 77R Application and Affidavit to purchse a regulated firearm. This includes individuals acquiring a regulated firearm through a firearm dealer, secondary sale/private sale, gift, or a person who wishes to voluntarily register a regulated firearm shall complete a Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R).
The Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R) is obtained and completed ONLY at a licensed Maryland Regulated Firearm Dealer or at a Maryland State Police Barrack when conducting a secondary sale. The application is then forwarded to the Maryland State Police by either the firearm dealer or State Police personnel.
Beginning October 1, 2013 the Maryland State Police Licensing Division will no longer accept the Maryland State Police Application And Affidavit To Purchase A Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R) via U.S. Mail. However, Maryland’s licensed firearm dealers will be permitted to continue to submit the application and affidavit by facsimile until such time as electronic submission is implemented. For more information click here to view the full advisory.
Licensed dealers are assessed a $10 processing fee for each application submitted as a result of a new purchase. Secondary Sales conducted by a licensed dealer may be assessed an additional $20 fee by the dealer.
Secondary Sales conducted at a Maryland State Police Barrack require a $10 check or money order made out to the Maryland State Police.
Voluntary Registration/Gifts to immediate family members are free. However, see the HQL page for any relevant fees to obtain a Handgun Qualification License, as it may be applicable.
Gifts to non-family members are considered Secondary Sales.
The State of Maryland regulates the possession, sale and/or transfer of regulated firearms.
Regulated firearms can be purchased from licensed dealers or private sellers, also known as secondary sales. Regulated firearm sales are completed by submitting a Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm (MSP 77R). Licensed dealers are responsible for faxing and mailing the application to the Maryland State Police Licensing Division. Secondary sales are completed by submitting a Maryland State Police Application and Affidavit to Purchase a Regulated Firearm at a licensed Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealer or any Maryland State Police Barrack. The firearm cannot be transferred to the individual until after a 7-day waiting period.
During the 7-day waiting period, the Department of the Maryland State Police checks a series of databases to include the Criminal Justice Information System, Criminal History Indexes, District Courts, Parole and Probation, Motor Vehicle Administration, Juvenile Justice System, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Department of State Police also causes a check to be made through the FBI’s National Instant Check System. The Department then notifies the dealer whether or not the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Secondary sales may be transferred after 7-days if the seller has not been notified by the State Police to discontinue the sale.
Please note: After October 1, 2013, NO MAIL will be accepted.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
No, Maryland law does not allow the Maryland State Police to access your criminal record without first having an application on file.
Yes. Please see the Handgun Qualification License page for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Below you will find links to PDFs of relevant Maryland statutes, provided for your convenience. Please note that laws change over time. The below documents were created on June 12, 2013, and are for reference purposes only. To obtain the most recent text of any legislation, please go online to LexisNexis to access the up-to-date Maryland code.
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