MARYLAND GUN LAWS

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Maryland CCW QUICK FACTS

Carry In VehicleSEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks AllowedNO
No Weapons Signs EnforcedSEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information


Maryland gun laws operate on a “May Issue” policy. This means you must show good cause as to why you should have a permit and supply documentation to confirm your reasons for a permit to be issued. Some reasons could be safeguarding cash for a business or working for a security firm. Permits are available for residents and non-residents with the application process being the same.

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Maryland CCW permit recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


Maryland does not honor any other states permits/licences.

Maryland CCW Permit

Maryland is a “may issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 2 years when first issued.
Renewals are valid for 3 years.

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Has not been convicted of a felony or of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
  • Has not been committed within the previous 10 years to any juvenile detention center for longer than one year.
  • Is not an addict or alcoholic nor has ever been convicted of a narcotics offense.
  • Has not, based on the results of investigation, exhibited a propensity for violence or instability.
  • Must show good cause as to why you need a firearm
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • Hospitals
  • Places of worship
  • Bars or restaurants where alcohol is served
  • Sports arenas
  • Gambling facilities
  • Polling places
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • State Parks
  • National Forests
  • Public schools
  • Demonstration at a public place or in vehicle within 1000 feet of a demonstration.
  • While under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Maryland Gun Laws

Maryland Contacts


State Police Licensing Division

Hours

Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact

Address 1111 Reisterstown Road

CityPikesville, MD 21208

Phone (410) 653-4500

Email msp.lic_command@maryland.gov

 

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JJC
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JJC

If I’m reading this right, Maryland doesn’t issue a non-resident permit. How does one pass through the state in an automobile while holding a license in the surrounding states? I’ve tried to download the application to see if it clarifies this but the link deosn’t work on this site nor the MD government site. The state surely seems to be succeeding at making anything to do with handguns difficult.
JC

Yuh
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Yuh

If traveling through Maryland Federal law will cover you if the handgun is unloaded and in a locked case.

Yuh
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Yuh

From vehicle carry section

JJC
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JJC

Interesting, thanks. I live in Upstate NY and visit NC frequently so I need to drive through PA, MD, and VA. Both PA and MD seem to be such outlier states. So as long as I keep my unloaded handgun in a locked case I should be able to pass through the three states legally. And NC recognizes my NY permit so I don’t even need any other permits.

Amy McQuay
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Amy McQuay

My husband recently applied for a gun carry permit. I had no idea until a letter came in the mail from the State Police. . His plan is to work for an investivgative group and then eventually start his own investigation buisness. I’m not out to ruin his dream. I am aware that we have had a gun in the house. I have concerns as to why I wasn’t questioned by the State Police at all about a carry permit. Not even notified. Shouldn’t I be a character reference and asked questions about such things as psychological , drug, alcholol… Read more »

Sus
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Sus

No, absolutely not should you have been contacted!! This isn’t a criminal trial!! You’re husband clearly needs to rethink who he’s married to if this bothers you!! SMFH!!

Dee Dee
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Dee Dee

Maybe because it’s his right and not yours. Why should they contact you? That’s like saying anyone can bad mouth u and then your rights are taken away without proof. That’s CRAZY. If he has no record and is a law-abiding citizen then he has a right to have it and police have that information already. People lie and people like to character assassinate others.

Dave R
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Dave R

My wife and all 3 of my references were called when I applied for my concealed carry permit. This is how they weed out those unstable individuals that have been causing all the uproar. I have no problem with the State Police doing this. I do have a problem with mentally deranged individuals getting guns. Not a perfect system but certainly better than blanket approval.

Tom
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Tom

Glad i am not your husband, poor guy. On the other hand, if it is illegal to have a gun in the house, without a permit, you should be arrested for not notifying the authorities

Jsidva
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Jsidva

I simply don’t get it. The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to keep AND BEAR arms. Granted there are things that can disqualify an individual from this but how can state law pre-empt a constitutional right? Just moved to the people’s republic of Maryland after holding CCWs in the past two states in which I’ve lived and even took training including range qualifications when it wasn’t required. Now I have to do it again in a Maryland approved program. I am not 100% against the idea of a training requirement to obtain a CCW but have… Read more »

WILDTHING
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WILDTHING

MARYLAND HAS THE MOST RESTRICTIVE GUN LAWS BY NOT HONORING OTHER STATES PERMITS. ALL OTHER STATES SHOULD GET TOGETHER AND NOT HONOR MARYLAND PERMITS.. START VOTING OUT THE POLITICIANS WHO WILL NOT GET A CHANGE IN MARYLANDS PERMIT LAWS.. I GUESS PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTED WITH MARYLAND ANYWAY. THEY ALL SEEM TO BE RETIREING IN OTHER STATES.

dippydo
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dippydo

great comment. I agree/.

Edward
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Edward

I’ll be leaving in few few years. Maryland is way to strick with gun laws and high taxes.

Barbara Manning
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Barbara Manning

I am a travel nurse, I don’t have concealed weapons permit. Can I keep weapon in my home for protection.

A_L
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A_L

IANAL: Yes, but to purchase a handgun in the state of Maryland, you must take the HQL class with fingerprinting and submit an application to Maryland State Police. Once you’ve received the HQL permit, you can purchase a handgun. There is a 7 day waiting period when you purchase a handgun and the FFL can transfer the gun to you on the 8th day. Note that Maryland castle doctrine says while you may stand your ground in your own home, your degree of force may not be excessive.

George Kish
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George Kish

I have a ccw license from Mi. I am going to visit National Harbor for a week, According to the state police licensing bureau I can posses my gun if its locked in a case and stored in the trunk or wheel well.

Viktor1911
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Viktor1911

State gun laws in Maryland are antiquated, unrealistic, and adversely affects gun owners that obey the law. Maryland state profits money by keeping concealed firearms carry illegal; forcing its’ citizens to rely solely on the police for protection at all times, which is simply impossible. Unless Maryland citizens vote OUT legislators not willing to change concealed carry laws, and vote INTO office representatives who support concealed carry rights, only two groups will be armed in Maryland: criminals and cops. Citizens obeying the rules out of fear of criminal prosecution for illegal concealed firearms carry will be defenseless while outside their… Read more »

David Lane Sr
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David Lane Sr

I am a disabled veteran and live alone with major injuries and numerous operations and I live alone. I want to know why is it so hard for me to receive a CCW permit because by the time a police get to me I could be seriously hurt or worse, I can handle myself and I want to feel safe at all Times!

Woody
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Woody

Can you open carry a rifle in Maryland?

Holly
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Holly

Crappy democratic state, need to get the laws changed, how do we protect our self with all the scum

Shannon
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Shannon

I am an ardent denfender of the Second Amemdment. I own handguns and I cannot wait to move to MD so I can buy a Henry rifle (or 2) an go on a wild boar hunt in WV! I am also a Dem. I do understand your frustration and I share it as well at times. We all have differing opinions, and it takes courage to say what you feel especially without resorting to dogma. So thank you.

DRP
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DRP

Now I’m confused.? ???? On the map it says Maryland honors Virginia’s CCW permit because it’s if colored blue. But Under “ Maryland honors permits from these states” it says that Maryland does not honors other states permit/ license. Am I ready this correctly? Which is it?

DRP
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DRP

Why are the lives of law abiding citizens from another State not important to Maryland? I think it’s BS that other states honor their CCW permit but they won’t recognize other states like Virginia. Maryland is the worst states in the nation.

ceceillio smith
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ceceillio smith

Not worst than California, New York, or Jersey!!! But still has major flaws.

John
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John

Is it legal to own a Shockwave shotgun in Maryland?

V8R
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V8R

Oddly enough, yes.

V8R
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V8R

But you need an HQL license because good old Socialist Maryland views a Shockwave as a pistol. So no HQL no Shockwave.

Eric
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Eric

So I have a md ware and carry permit through my business “carpet cleaning “ it’s restricted to my work only but no one seems to able to give me exactly what that means my vech’s have logo on them like if I go to store with my plaquerd vech can I have my firearm etc…

Dan
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Dan

I’m no lawyer, but my guess would be that if you’re on the clock, or going to or from work, then you can carry. In MD I wouldn’t want to push your luck.

Parm
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Parm

Having reviewed a number of cases based on restricted permits… it will be your requirement to PROVE you were doing something for work or you will be charged. You will initially be arrested, depending on the officer, and you will need to contact your lawyer. Restricted permits are a scary thing given the HUGE grey area and the MDSP despise of permits.

Justin
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Justin

The yes/no for carry in vehicle is not clear. Seems what they are stating is for those without a license to carry.

Todd
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Todd

I’d like to know why a lot of states recognize Maryland’s CCP but Maryland won’t recognize the other states? Kind of ignorant of Maryland to do that I think

Bert
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Bert

Good ole Socialist/Communist State of Md.

The Greek
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The Greek

Move to another state. We won’t miss you,

willy
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willy

Join the discussion…Why don’t you spineless liberal/democrat slaves stand up for your rights for once in your pathetic lives ?..Or get out of MY country,,,because Americans won’t miss you.

Ben doverre
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Ben doverre

And that comment shows why the gun laws are what they are in shithole md

Jeff
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Jeff

But the governor is republican…..

Al Upinya
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Al Upinya

*Rino

Scott
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Scott

And he said he was going to change the gun laws in MD but hasn’t

Parm
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Parm

He at least created the permit appeals board that is not driven by the democratic agenda coming out of the State Attorneys Office. There is not much he can do when the democrats of the slum known as Baltimore keep a mostly anti-gun government in power.

Viktor1911
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Viktor1911

a Republican dealing with a Maryland State Legislature controlled by a bunch of spineless, anti-gun politicians.

Dan
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Dan

Go back to Russia, Cuba or China then! Yes Maryland has huge problems. And ignorance is one.

sfuse
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sfuse

Because not all states base their reciprocity on other states laws. The idea being to promote 2A rights rather than limit them.

Al Upinya
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Al Upinya

What benefits the 2nd by adding limitations on the law in Maryland when in AZ there’s all this https://www.gunstocarry.com/gun-laws-state/arizona-gun-laws/ I get each state is different but as of an hour ago by now probably there’s been 5 or more shot dead and others wounded in a newsroom shooting in Maryland, something could have been done a long time ago to help prevent what’s happened now, maybe I’m wrong idk but if there were AZ type laws over there what are the chances of the severity of this latest shooting being less? Shoulda woulda coulda is all it usually amounts up… Read more »

Parm
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Parm

It is due to the fact that MD requires a ‘Good and Substantial’ reason to carry in the state and is one of the most difficult to get a permit. Because of this other states trust MD permit holders while MD refuses as they were not the ones to make the decision of Good and Substantial.

ben
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ben

In Maryland you can not carry in road side rest areas or casinos. There is an odd list on the state police website that includes dredge boats.

Keti
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Keti

Maryland is the worst state to be a gun owner. Even DC improved their gun laws. I might’ve to move to DC soon.

Bert
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Bert

It’s the worst state for a lot of things!

thegreek
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thegreek

You can always move.

Ben doverre
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Ben doverre

thegreek is your typical anti gun pos. You should move to the middle east or anywere in Mexico and tote your anti gun bs in either of those places and then see how that works out for you.

thegreek
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thegreek

So ! When are you going to move ?