Current Maryland Gun Laws and Proposed Changes

A comparison of existing state gun laws and proposed changes at the federal and state level.

By Allen Etzler
Capital News Service

Gov. Martin O’Malley and President Barack Obama have proposed gun control and public safety legislation in response to the December school shootings in Newtown, CT. Here are some current Maryland laws, and the proposed legislative changes:

Current Maryland Gun Laws


  • 21 years old to purchase.
  • Sales regulated.
  • No permit necessary to purchase, however permit is required for concealed carry.
  • No license to own required.
  • Registration required through Maryland State Police.
  • Safety training program through Maryland State Police required.

Assault Weapons:

  • Currently 30 guns, and their copies, make up the list of assault rifles.
  • 21 years old to purchase.
  • Sales regulated.
  • No permit necessary to purchase.
  • No license to own required.
  • Registration required through Maryland State Police.
  • Safety training program through Maryland State Police required.

Ammunition Magazines:

  • Limited to 20-round capacity.
  • Mental Health.
  •  List of three groups of people labeled as prohibited purchasers of firearms: People who have been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, people with a mental illness, drug and alcohol abusers.

Proposed Changes to Maryland Law

  • Complete ban on assault rifle sales.
  • Reduce magazine capacity to 10-round maximum.
  • Digital fingerprinting required for handgun ownership; will go into police database.
  • Updated safety training for handgun ownership.
  • Not-yet-detailed expansion of definition of an assault rifle.
  • Require background check for all handgun sales.
  • Increased focus on mental health/school safety.
  • Adding people in guardianship, and people who have been court-ordered to a mental treatment facility and are deemed as potentially violent, to the list of prohibited purchasers of firearms.
  • Creation of Maryland center for school safety.

Proposed Changes to Federal Law

  • Increased focus on mental health/school safety.
  • Close background check loopholes that permit private gun transactions to occur without background checks.
  • Ban “straw purchasers,” people who purchase firearms for people who would otherwise not be able to obtain them.
  • Increased investment in local police departments.
  • Reinstate and expand assault weapon ban of 1994-2004.
  • 10-round maximum for magazines.
  • Remove restrictions on the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau to enable it to better enforce regulations.
  • Establish annual report on lost and stolen guns.
  • Require all guns be traced from manufacturer to dealer to purchaser.
  • Ban armor-piercing bullets.
CP March 26, 2013 at 01:39 PM
It was on a leash!
Eastsider March 26, 2013 at 01:54 PM
More elitist hypocrites, you can't have but we can. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/26/rejected-gun-store-cancels-ar-15-purchase-by-gabby-giffords-husband/
1ke March 26, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Haw haw...not the proverbial short leash. Priceless!
Steve March 26, 2013 at 02:09 PM
He didn't want it. He just wanted to show how ridiculously easy it is to buy an AR-15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2299210/Gun-shop-owner-sold-assault-rifle-Gabby-Giffords-husband-cancels-purchase-politically-motivated.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
Eastsider March 26, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Yea RIGHT, his story now when his hand was caught in the cookie jar.
CP March 26, 2013 at 02:38 PM
What does another law on top of another law accomplish?
Steve March 26, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Looks like Mario Cuomo hit the nail on the head in this interview. “What the extremists do is spread fear and unrealistic theories of conspiracies and the citizenry that needs to be armed because the government is possibly tyrannical, and they need their arms to defend themselves against the tyrannical government,” Cuomo continued. This is true: at gun rallies, I’ve heard this “slippery slope” line of argument from multiple attendees. They view the right to bear arms as a kind of check against government power. Malarky, Cuomo said." http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/183015/cuomo-suggests-gun-law-opponents-are-paranoid/
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 03:05 PM
He should be charged with the felony of a STRAW purchase since he LIED on his application and did not state he was going to give the firearm away. That is why the owner of the business denied the sale, for fraud!
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 03:07 PM
And it was so easy if he lied! THAT is why there are laws to prevent such straw purchases. It was os easy he could not walk out of the store with it. It was so easy he will not get it. You just don;t get it either.
Steve March 26, 2013 at 03:20 PM
No JB, that is not why the owner denied the sale. Stop making things up. http://www.kiiitv.com/story/21795121/gun-store-nixes-mark-kellys-ar-15-purchase
1ke March 26, 2013 at 03:42 PM
You tell 'em, Seepy: you can't legislate away hate and the patriarchy that enshrines it.
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Westboro Steve the Denier of Truth. "Statement of Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc. “While I support and respect Mark Kelly’s 2nd Amendment rights to purchase, possess, and use firearms in a safe and responsible manner, his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use. In light of this fact, I determined that it was in my company’s best interest to terminate this transaction prior to his returning to my store to complete the Federal From 4473 and NICS background check required of Mr. Kelly before he could take possession this firearm. A full refund was sent to Mr. Kelly, via express mail, on Thursday of last week. The Sig Sauer rifle will be donated to the Arizona Tactical Officers Association where it will be raffled off to generate funds the association can use to purchase much needed tactical equipment for the organization’s members."
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 03:51 PM
"The A.T.O. A. represents the SWAT and Special Response officers of the state’s law enforcement community who regularly place their lives on the line to protect the residents of this state. Additionally, Diamondback Police Supply will make a $1295.00 contribution (the selling price of the M400 rifle) to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program that teaches children, in pre-K through 3rd grade, four important steps to take if they find a gun. The emphasis of the program is on child safety, something that is important to all of us and at the core of the current debate on gun control,” stated Douglas MacKinlay, Owner/President, Diamondback Police Supply Co., Inc." https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=579606908724820&id=143341839017998
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM
"his recent statements to the media made it clear that his intent in purchasing the Sig Sauer M400 5.56mm rifle from us was for reasons other then for his personal use." A felonious STRAW PURCHASE! Never come to a gun battle Westboro Steve the Denier of Truth, with a paper knife.
Steve March 26, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Reading has never been your strong suit has it JoeBlob. Ready! Fire! Aim!
Eastsider March 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM
More elitist hypocrites Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), for example, is a proponent of an “assault weapons” ban, who in the meantime is enjoying the money her husband makes off a $50,000 investment in the Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index fund. As of Jan. 18, that fund included 219,918 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms. Meanwhile, Senator Clair McCaskill (D-MO) has approximately $100,000 in the iShare Russell 2000 Growth Index. That fund held 254,290 shares of stock in Ruger Firearms as of Jan. 18, along with shares of Smith & Wesson as well. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has approximately $100,000 in the iShares S&P Small Cap 600 Growth Index–a fund which was the “the 16th largest holder” of Ruger Firearms stock as of mid-January. It’s not just individual investments, either: city pensions in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago own significant shares of funds that are heavily invested in gun companies, as are city pensions in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New York City. In Chicago, the city’s teachers’ retirement fund has about $12 million partially invested in the company that owns Bushmaster firearms –makers of the AR-15 Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook– as well as funds that include shares of Ruger Firearms and Smith & Wesson.
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Westboro Steve the Denier of the Truth and Purveyor of Falsehoods is now in full retreat.
CP March 26, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Assault and battery is already a crime. What would this Act do? Is there a difference if a male or female are assaulted? Is one more special then the other? Men are probably assaulted more then women are.
CP March 26, 2013 at 04:19 PM
My God i read the stupid ACT.I want 5 minutes of my life back.
Steve March 26, 2013 at 07:36 PM
This isn't exactly true either. "In Chicago, the city’s teachers’ retirement fund has about $12 million partially invested in the company that owns Bushmaster firearms –makers of the AR-15 Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook– as well as funds that include shares of Ruger Firearms and Smith & Wesson." Rahm Emmanuel ordered all of Chicago's pension funds to divest themselves of firearm industry stocks back in January. As for owning Cerberus, they are a they are a thousand pound canary and own lots of different business. Right after Sandy Hook they announced they were exiting the firearms business.
Buzz Beeler March 26, 2013 at 09:29 PM
First lets take a look at the facts. What is plagiarizer and how is that judged. http://www.bio.miami.edu/dana/161/plagiarism.html Plagiarizer refers to one that steals anothers ideas or writing without using quotes or credit. Who is the ONE you are referring to? What is an Eastider? A person, a computer, a what? How doses a pseudonym plagiarize anything. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plagiarism Maybe you can find where a pseudonym can commit plagiarism. "Ready, shoot," ... like your email you were going to send me. That is also fake as well and that other thing exporting honesty, yeah sure! How are things in China and Purdue, the military, the mines, your other three degrees six languages. By the way Steve you still slur disabled vets. After all you claim you fought in the civil war or what ever. You two are what you are and that boils to to rude obnoxious fakes. Gossip, you mean like Tony Bryant pleading guilty yesterday. You can read about it in my upcoming blog on the matter. You two go out and identify the plagiarizer and report him after you both have the guts to come forward instead of being nothing but cowards like always.
Lorna D. Rudnikas March 26, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Actually, there might be another way to look at the so-called theory conspiracy thought process....when a huge part of the population feels threatened by it's government and many radicals who are support of same, it certainly gives pause to examine what the h*ll could the little darlings be thinking of. Surely our government politicos see an end point that has little to do with the rhetoric they constantly float among the people. And then, hoping that the people will accept, without question, the focus is to continue leaning forward, harder and harder. But, God Forbid the people see between the lines....no prob Bob...just start accusing the people of being stupid, nutters, worthless, rich b*stards that need to be marginalized quickly...before others begin to listen to them. Suppose the people begin to actually see the "slippery slope" as it plays out among the "tyrannical" darlings here and there and everywhere as they focus on twisting and turning the constitution, bill of rights and anything else to cause chaos. And that I fear my darlings, is their agenda of the day,... cause disruption and chaos and feelings of helplessness among the people. Ahhhh, Dr. Ben Carson...where are you? We need you and your very logical thinking process for our very future and survival!!! And now Steve and comrades come on out from under the rocks and start proving my point.
Buzz Beeler March 26, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Fifa, you should listen to your own verbiage: " Eastsider, speak up for yourself,", when it comes to being truthful and as far as your best friend he did refer to a trash heap and expected a disabled vet to clean it and did not either have the guts or courage to apologize. http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/dundalk-post-office-trash-strewn-rotting-rusting That thing is right about what? Which one of the many lies are you referring to?
Sanchez March 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Plagiarizer: Vice President Joe Biden.
Eastsider March 27, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Good evening boys and girls todays word is plagiarism can you say plagiarism. Very good….. Don't matter they are still hypocrites.
Buzz Beeler March 27, 2013 at 02:50 AM
What pact? I don't lurk or respond to anyone. I just don't care for people who are always in the shadows throwing rocks. I don't like pandering politicians who use us to achieve power and then abuse that power. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80%932013_Cypriot_financial_crisis Remember the housing bubble, the market plunge. What is the debt up to know? Licenses for illegals. You think they are going to get insurance? How many more can we support? The county is facing a 571% increase in food stamps and 1 out of 2 Americans is on some kind of assistance. Stand in the grocery and watch how many have Independence Cards with the latest cell phones. It will all come crashing down as the Europeans are already moving money to our banks. A pandemic of economic uncertainty that is leading to a collapse that will be knocking on our doorstep.
Buzz Beeler March 27, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Buck thank you. I don't mind and have come to expect from these types. They have nothing else to offer, or do that is worthwhile. If they can't win the debate they resort to name calling which means they lost the debate.
Buzz Beeler March 27, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Pleading guilty to a crime is not a silly little game. If you - can't stand the truth - then don't read the truth steve. Learning to be truthful might help you understand it.
Buzz Beeler March 27, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Maybe you can't read. I defended Tamika and the other victim against the county. Got fired once, one that case came back and sued them two more times and won those cases also. Now (since I won) I am a retired 39 year veteran while you are ...? You see I was not afraid of Dale Anderson. By the way he was indicated and convicted back then. What are you or what is a steve. I should be ashamed based on you telling me to be. I'll get right on it. In front of your description you can add a very well off part to that. That is what eats at your soul. You have nothing to show for whatever it is you are so the defense is to call people names. That is a sign you have already conceded defeat.
Sonia Dasgupta (Editor) March 27, 2013 at 04:58 AM
I'm closing this comment thread since the comments have veered way off topic and some users on this thread are just attacking one another rather than discussing anything of relevance.


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