Temporary Transfer Permit - "Gun Show"

Maryland residents who are not engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit wishing to dispose of a private collection of regulated firearms from a table or fixed display at a gun show should apply for a Temporary Transfer Permit.

Where to Mail Applications


 

Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Attn.: Firearms Section – Temporary Transfer Permits

Please mail the packet (First Class Mail or Certified Mail) to the Licensing division to the address provided above.  The packet must be received by the State Police a minimum of 10 business days before the first day of the gun show to be attended.  

Who Should Apply?

Maryland residents who are not engaged in the business of selling firearms for profit wishing to dispose of a private collection of regulated firearms from a table or fixed display at a gun show.

How To Apply?


 

To apply for the Temporary Transfer Permit you will need to utilize the Temporary Transfer Permit form provided in the Application Documentation section below.  Make sure all questions are answered accurately, completely and honestly.  Attach all documentation required and clarifications you feel may assist investigators in processing your application. Please provide as much information as possible because too much is better than too little.

If there is no reason to disapprove the application, the Temporary Transfer Permit shall be issued and forwarded to the applicant within seven (7) days of the date of application.

How Much Does It Cost?


 

The initial permit application shall have attached to it a non-refundable check or money order payable to the Department of State Police in the amount of $10.00.

Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Maryland State Police. Checks must be drawn on active accounts with sufficient funds. If the check is returned for insufficient funds or due to a closed account, the applicant will be required to pay for future requests of the Licensing Division by cashier’s check or money order and the application will be disapproved.

When Should I Apply?


 

The Temporary Transfer Permit is active only for the declared period of the Gun Show. The application packet MUST be mailed to the Licensing Division so that the packet is received by the State Police a minimum of 10 business days before the first day of the gun show to be attended.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  
  
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Transfer Permit

​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.​

  
Transfer Permit

​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.​

Statutes

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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Temporary Transfer Permit Application
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MD Public Safety Code 5-129
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