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Old November 8th, 2011, 09:31 PM #1
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Register handgun in MD purchased out of state?

I have heard some conflicting info regarding this, and I want to make sure I am following the law-

While stationed in TX I bought a handgun (XD45). Do I need to register it to have it in MD? I maintained my MD residency status the entire time while in TX. Any considerations if I decide to sell the gun in MD later?
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Old November 8th, 2011, 09:42 PM #2
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I wouldn't bother, since you were stationed in Tx, you were considered a Tx resident even though your primary residence was/is Md, that made you exempt from those pesky laws that bite us civvy's in the ass regarding handgun sales. It's already been covered in another thread, which one escapes me at the moment.

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Old November 9th, 2011, 05:40 AM #3
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I have heard some conflicting info regarding this, and I want to make sure I am following the law-

While stationed in TX I bought a handgun (XD45). Do I need to register it to have it in MD? I maintained my MD residency status the entire time while in TX. Any considerations if I decide to sell the gun in MD later?
Nope, no registration.

If you sell the gun in MD, you must either transfer it through an FFL authorized to transfer regulated weapons in MD or you have to arrange it with the state police.
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I have heard some conflicting info regarding this, and I want to make sure I am following the law-

While stationed in TX I bought a handgun (XD45). Do I need to register it to have it in MD? I maintained my MD residency status the entire time while in TX. Any considerations if I decide to sell the gun in MD later?
No MD does not have handgun registration.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 06:02 AM #5
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No MD does not have handgun registration.
Maryland doesn't have mandatory handgun registration. You can voluntarily register it, but why would you want to?
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No MD does not have handgun registration.
Maryland does have VOLUNTARY registration... But who in their right mind would volunteer?

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Maryland does have VOLUNTARY registration...
Why is that even worth mentioning? Who in their right mind would even consider that.
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Why is that even worth mentioning? Who in their right mind would even consider that.
To properly educate someone about the confusing MD laws. I'm not going to tell someone what to do without telling them why. I think a lot of the confusion about MD firearm laws comes from people using "because I said so" as a reason for doing something and not actually explaining.
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My understanding is this: Maryland does not register handguns. Maryland records the transfer of handguns bought and sold in Maryland. Therefore, you have nothing to register.
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Maryland State Police Firearms Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am moving here from out of state and own a firearm, am I required to register the firearm? (Note: If the firearm is an assault pistol it cannot be transported into Maryland)

A: If the firearm has been obtained legally, you are not required to register the firearm; however, you can voluntarily register the firearm with the Maryland State Police.

ED: If the firearm has not been obtained legally, you are still not required to register the firearm; Article V of the Bill of Rights (Fifth Amendment) - you can't be required to incriminate yourself.
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