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Carry In VehicleNO
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


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


Monday – Friday 8am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 1111 Reisterstown Road

CityPikesville, MD 21208

Phone (410) 653-4500

Email [email protected]

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