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Old December 6th, 2007, 07:31 PM #1
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How to buy a handgun in Maryland

Coming from a free state (Arizona), I used to walk in, pick the firearm I wanted, filled out the paperwork and walked out with the handgun.

Knowing that's not the case here in Maryland, what can I expect to run into?

What is the steps necessary for handgun purchase here. Is long guns the same process?

Thanks in advance.
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Old December 6th, 2007, 07:35 PM #2
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7 Day wait period and only one regulated firearm per month and the online class
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Old December 6th, 2007, 07:37 PM #3
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Go to the store, take your DD214, or take the on-line course, or watch the video in the store.

Give them the money for the gun, the money for the stupid lock they have to sell you, sign a paper to give the State of MD permission to access your private medical records, fill out a couple of other forums, and leave without your firearm. Wait for them to call you and tell you that your seven days has passed... (Between 7 and for me buying a AR15 lower receiver, 21 days) then drive back to the store and pick up your gun....

Easy as pie.

Long Guns are, for the most part, Cash and Carry unless thay are on the list. Then, see above.
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Only certain long guns are regulated in MD. Regulated long guns are treated the same as handguns, but only as far as buying, selling and transfers goes.

When you buy a handgun or regulated long gun from a MD regulated firearms dealer (an FFL that also has a MD license to sell regulated firearms), you have to fill out the forms, pay a ten dollar background check fee for it and wait at least seven full days (depends on the dealer and when they send the paperwork in) before you can come to pick it up.
You will also have to pay for the integral gun lock for the handguns which may be anywhere from 15 to 30 dollars I hear unless it has one already built in.

If you bought a handgun or regulated long gun from another MD resident, then you both have to go down to a MD state police barracks to pay the ten dollar application fee and do the paperwork. If after seven full days pass without the purchaser being "dissaproved", the regulated firearm can be transfered to the purchaser.

If there is anything I forgot, others which have actually gone through the proces will come along and add or correct any errors.
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Only certain long guns are regulated in MD. Regulated long guns are treated the same as handguns, but only as far as buying, selling and transfers goes.

When you buy a handgun or regulated long gun from a MD regulated firearms dealer (an FFL that also has a MD license to sell regulated firearms), you have to fill out the forms, pay a ten dollar background check fee for it and wait at least seven full days (depends on the dealer and when they send the paperwork in) before you can come to pick it up.
You will also have to pay for the integral gun lock for the handguns which may be anywhere from 15 to 30 dollars I hear unless it has one already built in.

If you bought a handgun or regulated long gun from another MD resident, then you both have to go down to a MD state police barracks to pay the ten dollar application fee and do the paperwork. If after seven full days pass without the purchaser being "dissaproved", the regulated firearm can be transfered to the purchaser.

If there is anything I forgot, others which have actually gone through the proces will come along and add or correct any errors.
You forgot that wile a FFL CAN transfer a weapon after Seven days, the Vast Majority of FFL holders will not transfer the weapon without the returned application stamped "Not Disapproved", no matter how long it takes.
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There are some links in this thread which you may find informative.
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Coming from a free state (Arizona), I used to walk in, pick the firearm I wanted, filled out the paperwork and walked out with the handgun.
But Maryland is "The Free State".



Oh, that's just a catchy slogan, not to be confused with term "freedom," nor is the word 'free' to be used in any literal sense with regards to citizens. The source of the State slogan is irrelevant.

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The nickname "Free State" was created by Hamilton Owens, editor of the Baltimore Sun. In 1923, Georgia Congressman William D. Upshaw, a firm supporter of Prohibition, denounced Maryland as a traitor to the Union for refusing to pass a State enforcement act. Mr. Owens thereupon wrote a mock-serious editorial entitled "The Maryland Free State," arguing that Maryland should secede from the Union rather than prohibit the sale of liquor. The irony in the editorial was subtle, and Mr. Owens decided not to print it. He popularized the nickname, however, in later editorials.
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If purchasing from an individual and you go to the State Police Barracks leave the gun in the car. Have the deputy remove it and bring it into the barracks. I believe it is unlawful for a citizen to bring a firearm into a police barracks. If it is illegal or not, they don't like it when you bring it in.
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If purchasing from an individual and you go to the State Police Barracks leave the gun in the car. Have the deputy remove it and bring it into the barracks. I believe it is unlawful for a citizen to bring a firearm into a police barracks. If it is illegal or not, they don't like it when you bring it in.
I am seen around the Annapolis barracks too much. The desk officer just said bring the pistol on in. All those damn transfers
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