Maryland Gun Laws

Maryland Gun Laws

Maryland State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                           

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO YES
Registration of Firearms NO YES
Licensing of Owners NO YES
Permit to Carry NO YES


Maryland does not recognize permits/CCWs from any other state.​

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Felonies involving imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - To prevent unlawful entry for purpose of committing a violent felony

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

No - Self-Defense statues-only case law and jury instructions

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Maryland


The Licensing Division administers the provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR related to: the licensing and registration of firearms and concealed handgun permits.

Licensing Division

1111 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208-3899

410.653.4500 (Phone)

410.653.5441 (FAX)    (Email)

Before you may legally wear and carry a regulated firearm, you must possess and maintain on your person the MSP-issued Handgun Wear and Carry Permit.

All Wear and Carry Permit holders and new applicants will be required to successfully complete a mandatory firearms training course before a permit will be issued or renewed.

The Handgun Permit Unit will only accept applications completed electronically on the PDF form(s) provided on the state website, CLICK HERE