The laws in Maryland require that to legally possess a handgun, the owner must have a valid permit. Possession of a rifle or shotgun does not currently require a permit. For individuals arrested for gun possession without a valid permit, they may wonder what consequences they are facing and if it will result in their inability to possess a firearm in the future.
To obtain a permit, applicants must apply and meet certain requirements and not be subject to certain restrictions. For applicants that have been denied a permit or renewal or has had a permit revoked, they have a certain period of time to make an appeal request to the Secretary of the State Police for an informal review to be conducted. It is important to thoroughly understand this process when seeking an appeal of an action taken on a gun permit.
There are also additional requirements to own a handgun in the state of Maryland and a failure to abide by them and complete required training can result in a permit not being valid. If that is the case, the gun owner can face charges including possession without a valid permit and may face additional sanctions as well. Additional regulations apply to gun owners from out of state possessing a firearm in Maryland.
An arrest and charges for weapons crimes can result in jail time, fines and other potential long-term consequences, including those related to future gun ownership. Because the penalties and consequences for weapons crimes can be so significant, it is important to be familiar with them and know what to do if facing them.