Maryland Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Maryland

Maryland is not a constitutional carry state and the laws that govern gun sale, usage, possession, and ammunition are enforced at the state level. Counties do however, have the right to override some gun laws. The counties of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Gaithersburg, and Baltimore all have firearm laws about public assembly and minors. Citizens may only purchase firearms made after January of 1985 all guns must be registered with the state. People can only buy from this “registered firearms” list. Maryland is a “May Issue” state, and you must show a good reason for needing a permit before requesting one. Maryland does offer licenses to both residents and non-residents. Maryland does allow carry in hospitals and sports arenas, which are usually prohibited in other states. Buyers cannot purchase any assault weapons including some semi-automatic firearms.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • May Issue State gun policy
  • No Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • No Carry In Restaurants
  • No Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 23 # of states that honor Maryland license
  • 0 # of state licenses that Maryland honors
  • 2 Years license is valid
  • 75 $ cost of the license
  • 18 Minimum age for license permit

Maryland’s policy is May Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: 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 not listed as forbidden.

Maryland CCW Reciprocity Map

There are twenty-three states that honor a Maryland gun permit for residents and they are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The states that honor a Maryland gun permit for non-residents are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Maryland does not honor gun permits from any other states.

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Maryland Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Maryland is a “May Issue” state, and only issues permits with good reason. The state police are the entity in charge of the application process, and they don’t issue very many. Maryland does not allow open carry with or without a permit. If you have a concealed carry permit, you may carry in hospitals, bars, churches, gambling casinos, sports events, rest areas, polling stations, and in your vehicle. You cannot, however, take your gun with you to the state park, national forest or public schools. It is also illegal to carry in Maryland if you have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs or at a demonstration. It takes 45 days for the permit to be issued once approved. You have no obligation to notify an officer if you are carrying. You cannot carry a gun in your vehicle legally unless you have a permit or it is unloaded and in a locked case in the trunk. You may carry in restaurants even those that serve alcohol.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

The process for applying for a gun permit in Maryland is quite simple. First, you need to have 8 hours of firearms safety training. You will also need a copy of your passport and $67. You must fill out an application with the state police, and they require that you be at least 18 years old. You cannot have been in prison or have been convicted of a felony. You cannot be convicted of a narcotics offense, nor can you be an alcoholic. You must not have been admitted to a detention center or have any propensity towards violent behavior. You also have to prove a good reason as to why you need one. You must also comply with federal regulations. Your initial permit is good for only two years, and renewals are good for three years.

Maryland Gun Background Check

If you are buying a non-regulated firearm, which is most rifles and shotguns, you don’t need a state-level background check, but you will need the federal NCIS background check. The 7-day waiting period is also waived for non-regulated purchases. When purchasing regulated handguns, if you do not possess a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) you will need to have a state background check and then wait for 7-days before you can buy it. You must also undergo a federal background check through the NCIS system. Maryland’s Secretary of the Maryland State Police is a partial “point of sale.” If the state police deny you a permit, they must notify you within seven days.

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MD CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 8 hours required.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. You will need the following documents; Completed application form Copies of firearms training certificate Passport size color photo, taken within last 30 days A money order or cashiers check for $67
  4. Present these to your local sheriff’s office.
  5. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  6. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

CCW Renewal

  • A Handgun Permit may be renewed for successive periods of three (3) years each if, at the time of an application for renewal, the applicant possesses the qualifications for the issuance of a permit and pays the renewal fee as established in the subtitle.
  • The renewal process is the responsibility of the applicant and should be started no less than 90 business days from expiration of the permit. Timely renewal is the responsibility of the permit holder. The Licensing Division does not send out renewal reminders. The expiration date is on the face of the permit.
  • It is the permit holder’s responsibility to notify the Licensing Division of address changes, in writing, within 30 days of any change. You must mail this change to the same address as you would mail an application.
  • Renewal fee is 50$.
  • Effective October 1, 2016 Fingerprints will no longer be required for renewal application submissions.

MD Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Permit to carry firearms$75.00$50.00/ 3 yearsDuplicate: $10$5.00$160.00

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Maryland

HospitalsState Parks
Places of worshipNational Forests
Bars or restaurants where alcohol is servedPublic schools
Sports arenasDemonstration at a public place or in vehicle within 1000 feet of a demonstration
Gambling facilitiesWhile under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Polling placesAny place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law
Road side rest areas
All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden

Maryland CCW Contact

Maryland Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Address:Maryland State Police
Licensing Division
1111 Reisterstown Road,
City:Pikesville, MD 21208​
Phone:(410) 653-4500
(410) 653-4624

CCW Licensing Offices in Maryland

Maryland State Police Licensing Division

Office Address
1111 Reisterstown Road Pikesville, MD 21208 ATTN: Handgun Permit Unit

(410) 653-4500

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Reference Links

Counties in Maryland