Concealed Carry State Laws In Maryland
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Maryland refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Maryland are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Maryland
While in Maryland there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Maryland the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Constitution of Maryland contains no provision protecting the right to keep and bear arms. The State preempts some local firearm regulations, though local governments may regulate firearms with respect to minors and areas of public assembly. Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Montgomery County, Gaithersburg, and Baltimore are known to have local firearm regulations. The Maryland State Police maintain a registry of "regulated firearms" that are allowed to be sold within the state. Dealers must forward the manufacturer-included shell casing in its sealed container to the Department of State Police Crime Laboratory upon sale, rental, or transfer of a "regulated firearm" for inclusion in their ballistics database, known as the Integrated Ballistics Identification System.
In March of 2013 A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland's handgun permitting law, reversing a lower court decision by concluding that the state can constitutionally require an applicant to show “good and substantial reason” that he or she needs a concealed-carry license. Fourth Circuit Judge Robert King, writing for the three-judge panel, said the state had shown that the requirement “is reasonably adapted” to its “significant interests in protecting public safety and preventing crime.”
Maryland citizens had their Second Amendments rights infringed on Thursday when Gov. Martin O’Malley signed more gun control into law. Governor O’Malley became the third liberal governor this year, after New York and Connecticut to ram through pointless laws that will do nothing to reduce crime by exploiting the Newtown tragedy. However, Governor O’Malley’s scheme was secretly watered down a little before it became law. The governor was fixated on banning “assault weapons,” even though only two people were murdered by rifles of any type in Maryland in 2011. However, governor O’Malley’s “assault weapons” is less stringent than the ones passed in other states or Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s version which failed in the U.S. Senate.
Maryland is considered by many to be one of the most anti-gun rights states in the country, with little or no regard to the second amendment. With the state being run by the likes of Governor Martin O’Malley who is clearly a crony of Obama the number of even stricter gun laws are expected to continue to flow until someone in the state takes a stand and changes the political climate in the State’s legislature. US Precision Defense has all the gun laws of Maryland listed on our Reciprocity maps.
Maryland has become the first state in nearly 20 years to require potential handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police. Only five other states have a similar requirement: Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. All states that are known to be very anti-gun and anti-2nd amendment rights.
Critics noted that Maryland already has strong laws, including universal background checks and a seven-day waiting period to buy a gun. The state doesn't even have a loophole allowing for private sales at gun shows without the same background check that licensed dealers are required to obtain, said Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-Howard. "We have those protections, and what we're doing here is basically saying to folks who are concerned about their Second Amendment rights is, you know, “We don't care,"'.
Here is an example of the elected officials in Maryland and their complete disregard for the 2nd amendment; During a public hearing in Annapolis about new sweeping gun control proposals in Maryland, State Senator Jamie Raskin decided to ignore testimony by pro-Second Amendment attendees and play chess instead. "Pathetic. I'd get fired from my job if I was playing a game in a meeting," one person wrote on a Facebook page. "I would expect nothing less from a representative of Montgomery County. He and the majority of the voters in his county are the reason this state is circling the bowl," another wrote. "The rabidly anti-gun Sen. Jamie Raskin decided that he would rather play computer chess than listen to those testifying against his views and bill.
The only way that things will ever change in Maryland is if the pro-2nd amendment citizens of the state of Maryland become more active and more vocal that those of the anti-gun groups, and do date no has taken up the cause, you can make a change, and start at the ballot box. Join with us at US Precision Defense and network with political pro-gun groups from all across the country.