Qualified Handgun Instructors are responsible for qualifying students for Handgun Qualification Licenses and Handgun Carry Permits. Instructors whose courses fail to meet minimum standards and who improperly certify applicants shall have their Qualified Handgun Instructor status revoked.
Effective October 1, 2013, a Qualified Handgun Instructor is defined as
Certified Qualified Handgun Instructor - Is a person whom the Maryland State Police has confirmed as being certified by either the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions or a nationally recognized firearms organization as a firearm instructor. A Certified Qualified Handgun Instructor may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.
Licensed Qualified Handgun Instructor - Is a person license by the Maryland State Police as a firearm instructor who may instruct Handgun Qualification License applicants and Handgun Wear and Carry Permit applicants.
A list of Qualified Handgun Instructors is available online here.
Any person who wishes to instruct and certify an applicant for:
must be a Qualified Handgun Instructor.
To apply for Qualified Handgun Instructors registration or certification submit an application through MyLicense (Here)
A Qualified Handgun Instructor License should be completed online through MyLicense and submitted. The application should include:
A Qualified Handgun Instructor Certificate should be completed online through MyLicense and submitted. The application should include:
The Maryland State Police is aggressively automating many licensing services. The Handgun Qualification License will be automated and the reporting of the training requirement will be communicated to instructors prior to October 1, 2013.
The Qualified Handgun Instructor License is valid for 4 years from the date of issuance.
Instructors will be responsible for the specific course and will attest/certify that they instructed the minimum criteria required in SB281.
Instructors will be mailed a copy of the practical police and basic course. The can contact the Maryland State Police Handgun Permit Section by email if they need another copy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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