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When is it illegal to carry a handgun in Maryland?

Maryland's gun laws are among the strictest in the nation, especially concerning handguns. Even if you have a permit to carry a handgun in another state, that permit will not be honored in Maryland.

Here are answers to when it is legal and when it is illegal to carry a handgun in Maryland.

When is it legal to have a handgun?

In Maryland, it is legal to possess a handgun:

  • If you are a Maryland resident, in your home or on your property, including a business, if you have a Handgun Qualification License (HQL).
  • If you are a Maryland resident, on your person or your vehicle if you have a Permit to Carry.
  • If you are from another state, in your vehicle if it is unloaded and in an inaccessible location.
  • In an airport if it is properly packed in your checked luggage.

When is it illegal to have a handgun?

In Maryland, it is illegal to possess a handgun:

  • If you are from Maryland, anywhere if you do not have a Handgun Qualification License (HQL).
  • On your person, whether concealed or open, if you do not have a Maryland permit to carry.
  • In your vehicle in an accessible or loaded condition unless you have a Maryland permit to carry.
  • If you are from another state, in your vehicle if it is loaded or in an accessible place, even if you have a permit to carry in your home state.
  • In your carry-on bag in an airport
  • Anywhere, if you are a convicted felon
  • Anywhere, if you are subject to a protection order or domestic violence conviction that bars you from possessing firearms

Given the seriousness of weapons charges, you should consult an experienced defense attorney if you are charged with illegal possession of a handgun.

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