In Maryland, adults may openly carry long guns in public without a permit. However, you must obtain a permit to carry a handgun (openly or concealed) on or near your body, or on property you own or lease. (Md. Ann. Code § 5-303.)
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Maryland.
To obtain a concealed handgun permit, you must apply at the police or sheriff’s office in the county where you reside. To qualify, you must:
Additionally, you must NOT:
Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they have a “good and substantial” reason to carry a handgun.
(Md. Ann. Code § § 5-118, 306.)
Proposed legislation in the current legislative session would qualify self-defense as a “good and substantial” reason for obtaining a concealed handgun permit. If the law is enacted, it will go into effect October 2015.
No. Maryland does not recognize concealed handgun permits from other states.
Penalties for illegally carrying a firearm in Maryland include a fine at least $250 (and up to $2,500), at least 30 days in jail (and up to three years in prison), or both.
A second conviction incurs at least one (and up to ten) years in prison. Third and subsequent convictions incur at least three (and up to ten) years in prison.
(Md. Ann. Code § 4-203.)
If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Maryland, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.