The laws pertaining to possession and sale of guns in Maryland are very strictly enforced and monitored. Any alleged violation of these crimes is treated very seriously and should not be brushed off, as it could result in extremely serious consequences. Here are some important facts about handgun laws in Maryland.
Gun Permits/Licenses in Maryland
It is important to note that Maryland does not honor gun permits or licenses from any other state. In order to apply for a permit in Maryland, a resident needs to file an application with the Maryland State Police’s Handgun Permit Unit and pay the necessary fees.
Handgun Laws in Maryland
Title 4 of the Maryland Criminal Law Code covers Maryland laws pertaining to the possession of or carrying of a handgun. The statute is rather complex and can be hard to understand for the untrained eye. Generally speaking, it is illegal to possess or use a handgun without a permit to do so. There are a number of exceptions to this rule and it all depends on the nature and circumstances pertaining to the individual who has been charged.
In addition, even if an individual has a permit to carry a handgun, Maryland law restricts possession of a handgun in the following places:
- Public schools
- Public demonstrations
- Public places
The Maryland Senate or House chamber, or any other building in which a member, officer, committee, or employee of the General Assembly has an official office
If you are unsure whether or not you can bring a handgun somewhere, it is best to err on the side of caution or conduct the proper research necessary prior to leaving your home. An attorney who is familiar with the Maryland gun laws will be able to advise you as to your rights.
Gun Attorneys in Baltimore
If you have been charged with a gun-related crime in Maryland, you could face significant fines, probation, community service, and even jail time. Attorney Randolph Rice is familiar with the Maryland laws relating to firearms offenses and is committed to providing criminal defendants with aggressive and effective legal representation. Call us today at 410.288.2900 to set up a time for a free initial consultation or send us an email through our online contact form.