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Old January 2nd, 2019, 07:54 PM #1
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Advice and help for new gun owner?

Hey all, this is my first post on the forum so apologies if this information is readily available already and I just was doing a bad job trying to track it down. For Christmas a friend of mine who took me to go shooting for my first time not that long ago (and a few more times since ) very generously gifted me a really nice rifle. As a guy who never even considered owning a gun before, this is a hell of a big step. He lives in VA, and I live in MD, so I'm wondering

A) is this rifle legal in Maryland?
B) what's the best way of going about getting it registered/taxed etc., especially since it was given to me for free as a gift from someone out of state

It's a Kel Tec PLR-16 that seems to be pretty decked out with attachments. Telescoping stock makes it 36" in length, with a scope, laser attachment, 30 round mag and a foregrip.

Can't figure out how to embed pictures here, link: http://www.imgur.com/a/htB6WVK
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Buy a paint set.

Preferably pastel water colors. It will be easier.
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First thing that popped into my head was make sure you get it transferred through an FFL and that mag can't change hands within Maryland. If that does not have a heavy barrel it's a no go.
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Buy a paint set.

Preferably pastel water colors. It will be easier.
Easier than what? Uhhh?

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First thing that popped into my head was make sure you get it transferred through an FFL and that mag can't change hands within Maryland. If that does not have a heavy barrel it's a no go.
OK so does that mean I need to take it to a local gun shop and have them handle some paperwork or something? And mag can't change hands within MD - can you clarify what you mean? Also not sure how to tell whether or not it's a heavy barrel, I could ask my friend what barrel it is that he put on there because I have no clue.
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To be legal your friend can't give you the rifle until you meet him a t a VA FFL for the transfer/instant check or he meets you or ships the rifle to a MD FFL for transfer/ instant check.

Any magazine for a semi-auto with a capacity over 10 can't be bought, sold, given or received within the state.

The barrel needs to be marked heavy or advertised as a heavy barrel to be legal after 10/1/13 in Maryland(unless it was owned prior to that date)

Maryland laws can be tricky you don't want to get in a jam over them.
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To be legal your friend can't give you the rifle until you meet him a t a VA FFL for the transfer/instant check or he meets you or ships the rifle to a MD FFL for transfer/ instant check.

Any magazine for a semi-auto with a capacity over 10 can't be bought, sold, given or received within the state.

The barrel needs to be marked heavy or advertised as a heavy barrel to be legal after 10/1/13 in Maryland(unless it was owned prior to that date)

Maryland laws can be tricky you don't want to get in a jam over them.
Thanks bud! Really appreciate it. That's pretty crazy about the magazine capacity thing - he did give it to me in VA (including the magazine), but I guess I don't have any paperwork or anything proving so.
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Thanks bud! Really appreciate it. That's pretty crazy about the magazine capacity thing - he did give it to me in VA (including the magazine), but I guess I don't have any paperwork or anything proving so.

I realize posting here is a first attempt to better understand what to do, but you need to first insure that what you have is legal in MD. If you don’t know then you should assume it’s not until you can confirm.

Try contacting the manufacturer and see if the model is maryland complaint. Some manufacturers will actual note on the product page on their website that a specific model is or is not compliant with some states laws. Like others have said if the KelTek website specifically states the rifle has a “Heavy Barrel” or “HBAR” in the description, print that out and keep a copy. You could also try to contact a local Kel-Tek dealer and see if they can sell the exact model in Maryland right now. They may confirm it’s legal or not.

Being a new firearm owner can be exciting but if you are careless, naive or just plain stupid, you could end up with some serious legal and financial troubles. Don’t risk doing something you will regret.

This is my opinion, I’m not a lawyer. Good luck finding your answers.






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The image you linked is a SU-16, a 5.56 caliber rifle with a collapsible stock, which the manufacturer lists as having a medium profile barrel and as such is NOT legal in MD.

https://www.keltecweapons.com/rifles/su-16e

You pretty much must give it back since it's illegal for him to gift it to you across state lines without going through an FFL and the rifle is not legal to own in this state. Good thing it's still at his house in VA, right?
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