What are the Gun Laws in Maryland?
Maryland prohibits carrying a concealed weapon without its own state issued permit, which is especially hard to get. To those that are wondering how to apply for a state concealed carry permit, we would suggest you download and read the wear and carry permit application that is located on the State Police website. One thing you will notice is that you must prove a substantial need for this type of license. It is far more involved than simply passing a background check. Anyone that is found to be carrying a handgun will be charged with a misdemeanor that carries up to 3 years in jail. There is a 30-day minimum jail sentence associated with this charge, but it may be avoided if a probation before judgment is granted. A person who is driving with a handgun may face the same charges under the transporting provision even if the gun is properly stored. The law requires proper storage in a case with ammunition separate, but that doesn’t mean you can just drive around with your pistol in the trunk. You have to either be coming or leaving from the shop, shooting range or hunting grounds and driving to or from a bona fide residence (aka home).
The penalty is much harsher if the defendant has a prior conviction for a violent offense such as assault or if the defendant has been convicted of any felony. There are also provisions that enhance gun possession penalties for those that are classified as habitual drug users or alcoholics, and those that have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. The public safety code also prohibits firearm possession by anyone that has served more than a 2-year sentence for any crime, a person with an active warrant (fugitive from justice) and a person who currently has a protective order against them. These enhancements are listed under the public safety code and may carry minimum mandatory jail sentences. The public safety code also contains the laws that make certain types of guns, such as those with high capacity magazines, illegal. In addition you will find laws prohibiting unlawful gun trafficking and removal or alteration of the manufacturers identification number or serial number. The laws are strict and complex, and if you need the advice of an experienced attorney do not hesitate to call Benjamin Herbst at 410-207-2598.