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Understanding Maryland’s Gun Laws


Before you go about bringing a firearm of your own to the premier indoor shooting range in Frederick, there are a few things you need to know and understand about Maryland’s gun laws.

Part of being a gun owner is being responsible, educated, and safe — which is why at least a general refresher on Maryland’s gun laws can be extremely beneficial.

At The Machine Gun Nest, we are aiming to change the perception about guns and gun ownership one experience at a time; that’s why we provide formal firearms training as part of a unique, safe, and fun experience that you won’t find anywhere else. 

The first thing you need to know about Maryland’s gun laws is that they are among the toughest in the United States. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to own and operate a gun here — as long as you do so responsibly. 

The reason why it can seem somewhat tedious to purchase a firearm in Maryland is because it is one of the few states with a constitution which does not contain a provision which protects the right for individuals to bear and keep arms.

Instead, some firearms are regulated through local governments. 

In this blog, we’ll be giving a brief rundown in order to help you better understand the Maryland gun laws so that you can get the firearms training you need in order to be a responsible gun owner. 

The New Laws

In 2013, Maryland lawmakers approved new legislation which implemented significant restrictions on gun ownership in the state. That included a sales ban for certain semi-automatic firearms that were defined as assault weapons. Other laws passed in 2013 included:

  • Magazine capacity limited to 10 rounds
  • Handgun purchases must be fingerprinted and pass a training class in order to obtain a license
  • Persons who had been involuntarily committed to a mental health institution can not possess firearms

Handgun Restrictions

When it comes to buying and owning a handgun, there is slightly more regulation than with other guns. The following things are mandatory in the state of Maryland with regards to the sale and ownership of handguns and certain semi-automatic rifles: 

  • Permit To Purchase
  • Registration Of Firearms
  • Licensing Of Owners
  • Permit To Carry

With regard to the license, this was another addition to the bylaws in 2013 which requires people to complete the training requirement for a Maryland Handgun Qualification License before they are able to purchase a handgun. 

You can obtain this training right here at The Machine Gun Nest, with assistance from firearms training experts at L5 Tactical. Learn more about the firearms training classes available at TMGN. 

Shotguns And Rifles

Unlike handguns, the state of Maryland does not regulate the purchase and sale of firearms like rifles or shotguns. This, however, does not apply to firearms which are labeled as “assault weapons.” 

License To Carry

In order to receive a license to carry your firearm in Maryland, you must apply for a permit through the Secretary of State Police. There are certain qualifications that the applicant must adhere to in order to receive a permit to carry, including:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • No felony convictions, or convictions of a crime involving the possession of, use, or distribution of controlled substances
  • Is not an alcoholic, addict, or habitual user of a controlled substance
  • Has not exhibited a propensity for violence or instability
  • An investigation finds that the permit is  necessary as a reasonable precaution
  • There is a good reason to wear, carry, and/or transport a handgun

This process is subject to investigations and also requires a notarized letter for consideration, and it typically costs $75 for the initial permit and $50 annually for renewal. 

Firearms Training

Other than the Maryland HQL, firearms training is not necessarily required — but it is extremely beneficial. Responsible gun owners of all ages should undergo some type of firearms training on a regular basis in order to stay current with the Maryland gun laws.

Firearms training can also help you improve your accuracy, learn new techniques, and perform proper gun maintenance. 

Learn more about the firearms training classes at The Machine Gun Nest in Frederick and get started today.

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