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.
1111 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208-3899
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