How to Find a Firearms Attorney

There may come a time when you need an attorney knowledgeable in firearm law. It could be for something relatively simple like a gun trust, handling transfers between family members, or a much more urgent need, a case of self-defense. As a responsible gun owner, you should consider building a relationship with an attorney before their services are needed. Views and opinions on various legal matters and laws are extremely common on the Internet, and members of law enforcement may be familiar with some things.  Do not rely on such informal sources.  Even law enforcement officers are often wrong on the law. The safest approach for whatever you need is to build a relationship with a competent attorney.

 

 Maryland Shall Issue and its officers cannot make endorsements of attorneys, offer specific legal advice, or provide legal representation!

Generally, an attorney who handles trusts and estates alone in another jurisdiction is probably not the best choice for advice concerning the intricacies of our varied patchwork of firearm laws or defending against criminal charges in a more dire scenario. Generally, it’s best to choose a local attorney who specializes in firearm law or has extensive experience representing and defending those facing firearm-related charges. Local attorneys may have more experience working with prosecutors and judges. An ideal attorney in the latter type of case may be one who is a former States Attorney or Assistant States Attorney. 

 

How to find that ideal candidate for your needs

• Seek Recommendations on Counsel from the Local Firearms Community and Industry

It’s likely you’re not the only person in your area that’s needed good legal help for one reason or another. Your local gun shops, clubs, online forums, and instructors might offer potential referrals for you. If at all possible, getting the contact information of than one attorney might be beneficial to you.

 

• Check with the NRA

Like Maryland Shall Issue, the NRA cannot offer specific legal advice.  However, the NRA does offer a list of attorneys who’ve made their names and contact information available (remember, a local may be preferable!). This list is for NRA members and is free of charge. Their Office of Legislative Counsel can be reached at 703-267-1161, or for more information go here.

 

• Internet Search Engine

If you do choose this route, type ‘your city’ and then “firearm lawyer” into your preferred search engine. You should see a list of local attorneys that specialize in firearm law. Be aware that this method isn’t necessarily showing you the attorneys that best suit your needs, as the attorneys that appear first may have paid for their high placement. Be sure to thoroughly check the website of any potential attorney for anything that indicates that they specialize in your needs.


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The Dangers of Maryland's Carry Laws

On August 12, 2021, Maryland's highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that a violation of Md. Criminal Law § 4-203(a)(1)(i) is a strict liability crime. Put simply, if one has a handgun on or about them and is not authorized to do so, they are guilty of violating the law. The case is Lawrence v. State, 471 Md. 101 (2021).

Section 4-203 is the statute that broadly prohibits the wear, carry, or transport of handguns within the State. Specifically, § 4-203(a)(1)(i) states:

 (a)    (1)    Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person may not:

            (i)    wear, carry, or transport a handgun, whether concealed or open, on or about the person;

There are a few exceptions to this ban (found in subsection (b) of Section 4-203), such as one having a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit, possession in the home or business (by the business owner), or when transporting an unloaded handgun (kept in an enclosed case or enclosed holster) between a gun shop and one's residence or from their residence to a gun range. But, outside these sharply limited exceptions set out in subsection (b), the passage above otherwise broadly criminalizes having a pistol on (or about) the person. 

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MSI v. Montgomery County Update

On June 16, 2021, we filed an emergency motion for partial summary judgment on three of our counts against Montgomery County's enactment of Bill 4-21. The motion seeks to enjoin the County from enforcing their new illegal laws which will go into effect on July 16th without action from the Court. Find the motion HERE and the memorandum in support HERE. As we have stated previously, we will not sit idle while politicians make criminals of ordinary and law-abiding residents. You can learn more and find updates about this case at tinyurl.com/msivmoco.

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