Maryland State and Local Weapons Laws

Maryland State Laws and Regulations

State laws and regulations generally preempt county and other local laws, except for those made under the narrow authority granted to localities by MD Code, Criminal Law, § 4-209.

-Maryland Criminal Law, Title 3. Other Crimes Against the Person, § 3-202 Assault in the first degree
-Maryland Criminal Law, Title 4. Weapons Crimes
-Maryland Criminal Law, Title 6. Crimes Against Property, § 6-411 Wearing, carrying, or transporting a firearm; entry or trespass in dwelling of another; entry or trespass on property
-Maryland Public Safety Article, Title 5. Firearms
-Maryland Code, Natural Resources, § 10-408. Regulations relating to weapons and ammunition for hunting
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-Maryland Code, Natural Resources, § 10-410(c)(1). Prohibiting the possession of loaded long guns inside vehicles
-Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) - Title 29. Maryland State Police, Subtitle 03. WEAPONS REGULATIONS
-List of prohibitors from firearms possession under Maryland State law
-List of prohibitors from firearms possession under Federal law
-Also see the Maryland page from - Maryland
-MSI Article on Magazines in Maryland
-MSI Maryland Wear and Carry Permit Guide - Places and Times in Which Firearms Can Not be Legally Carried by a Permit Holder

Exceptions for places off-limits under § 4-111 and § 6-411 (newly enacted in 2023 by SB 1)
Section 4-111 exceptions:
- On private property
, by persons authorized by the owner or lessee to wear and carry or transport a firearm for the purpose of employment as (1) a security guard OR (2) for the purpose of protecting any individual or property at the location with an express agreement between the parties, remuneration, or compensation.
- On public property,  at locations being used with the permission of the person or governmental unit that owns, leases, or controls the location for organized shooting activities for educational purposes, historical demonstrations using firearms, or hunting or target shooting
-Firearms that are carried or transported in a motor vehicle if the firearm is locked in a container or handguns worn, carried, or transported in compliance with any limitations imposed under § 5-307 of the Public Safety Article by those who permits to wear, carry or transport handguns have been issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article. This does not affect transport of firearms under current law in areas unaffected by SB 1.
-Law enforcement officials or police officers as defined under § 3-201 of the Public Safety Article
-Members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Guard, or the Uniformed Services while on duty or traveling to or from duty
-Members of an ROTC program while participating in an activity for an ROTC program
-On-duty employees of a law enforcement agency authorized by the agency to possess firearms on duty or whose duty assignment involves the possession of firearms
-Correctional officers or wardens of a correctional facility in the State
-Railroad police officers appointed under Title 3, Subtitled 4 of the Public Safety Article
-Employees of an armed car company, if acting under the scope of employment and has valid permits to wear, carry, or transport handguns issued under Title 5, Subtitle 3 of the Public Safety Article
-Off-duty law enforcement officials or retired law enforcement officials in good standing from the United States, the State or another state, or a local unit in the State or another state who possesses a firearm if their badge or credential is carried in compliance with the requirements of the badge or credential and the firearm is carried or possessed by the official or person is concealed from view. (LEOSA)

Section 6-411 exceptions: 
- Law enforcement officers and police officers, as defined in Section 3-201 of the Public Safety Article (not retired LEOSA),
- Members of the Armed Forces of the United States, while on duty or traveling to and from duty,
- Correctional officers
- The wearing, carrying or transporting on a portion of real property subject to an easement, a right of way, a servitude or any other property interest by (1) the holder of the interest or (2) the guest or assignee of the holder of the interest.

Restrictions, Continued

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