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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Maryland, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 22.0%1
2002: 22.1%2
2001: 21.3%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Maryland, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 34.97%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Maryland, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 47.7%5 6
1991/2000: 54.0%
1981/1990: 56.1%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Maryland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 5467
2013: 578
2012: 589
2011: 542
2010: 538
2009: 586
2008: 665
2007: 678
2006: 678
2005: 657
2004: 656
2003: 648
2002: 615
2001: 607
2000: 617
1999: 657

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 9.147
2013: 9.73
2012: 10.00
2011: 9.27
2010: 9.32
2009: 10.23
2008: 11.70
2007: 11.99
2006: 12.05
2005: 11.75
2004: 11.83
2003: 11.79
2002: 11.30
2001: 11.29
2000: 11.65
1999: 12.50

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Maryland, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 4217
2012: 408
2011: 418
2010: 438
2009: 457
2008: 523
2007: 573
2006: 568
2005: 576
2004: 533
2003: 557
2002: 540
2001: 555
2000: 503
1999: 531

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.107
2012: 6.93
2011: 7.17
2010: 7.59
2009: 7.98
2008: 9.20
2007: 10.14
2006: 10.09
2005: 10.30
2004: 9.61
2003: 10.13
2002: 9.93
2001: 10.33
2000: 9.50
1999: 10.11

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Maryland, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 2997
2012: 294
2011: 276
2010: 306
2009: 316
2008: 379
2007: 424
2006: 416
2005: 422
2004: 386
2003: 394
2002: 365
2001: 363
2000: 353
1999: 396

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.047
2012: 5.00
2011: 4.73
2010: 5.30
2009: 5.51
2008: 6.67
2007: 7.50
2006: 7.39
2005: 7.55
2004: 6.96
2003: 7.17
2002: 6.71
2001: 6.75
2000: 6.66
1999: 7.54

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2639 10
2012: 265
2011: 262
2010: 272
2009: 297
2008: 328
2007: 388
2006: 372
2005: 394
2004: 362
2003: 345
2002: 277
2001: 271
2000: 282
1999: 276
1998: 307
1997: 354
1996: 398
1995: 397

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.4312
2012: 4.50
2011: 4.48
2010: 4.70
2009: 5.18
2008: 5.77
2007: 6.86
2006: 6.61
2005: 7.05
2004: 6.53
2003: 6.28
2002: 5.09
2001: 5.04
2000: 5.31
1999: 5.25
1998: 5.90
1997: 6.86
1996: 7.79
1995: 7.83

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 49 10
2012: 7
2011: 7
2010: 15
2009: 8
2008: 17
2007: 20
2006: 22
2005: 19
2004: 19
2003: 18
2002: 17
2001: 15
2000: 6
1999: 14
1998: 16
1997: 21
1996: 17
1995: 29

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0712
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.30
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.39
2005: 0.34
2004: 0.34
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.31
2001: 0.28
2000: 0.11
1999: 0.27
1998: 0.31
1997: 0.41
1996: 0.33
1995: 0.57

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1013 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 13
2006: 22
2005: 15
2004: 17
2003: 21
2002: 16
2001: 23
2000: 18
1999: 20

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.39
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.43
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.38

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 19 10
2012: 5
2011: 3
2010: 6
2009: 0
2008: 8
2007: 6
2006: 9
2005: 5
2004: 5
2003: 7
2002: 7
2001: 7
2000: 8
1999: 3
1998: 8
1997: 14
1996: 9
1995: 7

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0212
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.11
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.15
1997: 0.27
1996: 0.18
1995: 0.14

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 28713 10
2012: 288
2011: 267
2010: 302
2009: 310
2008: 370
2007: 410
2006: 392
2005: 405
2004: 368
2003: 370
2002: 349
2001: 340
2000: 334
1999: 375

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Maryland, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.8413 10
2012: 4.89
2011: 4.58
2010: 5.23
2009: 5.41
2008: 6.51
2007: 7.25
2006: 6.97
2005: 7.24
2004: 6.63
2003: 6.73
2002: 6.41
2001: 6.33
2000: 6.31
1999: 7.14

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Maryland, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 5697
2012: 583
2011: 558
2010: 502
2009: 551
2008: 507
2007: 518
2006: 495
2005: 472
2004: 500
2003: 491
2002: 477
2001: 454
2000: 474
1999: 435

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 9.607
2012: 9.91
2011: 9.55
2010: 8.69
2009: 9.62
2008: 8.92
2007: 9.16
2006: 8.80
2005: 8.44
2004: 9.01
2003: 8.93
2002: 8.77
2001: 8.45
2000: 8.95
1999: 8.28

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Maryland, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2577
2012: 272
2011: 242
2010: 222
2009: 252
2008: 263
2007: 233
2006: 238
2005: 220
2004: 250
2003: 239
2002: 233
2001: 220
2000: 245
1999: 241

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.337
2012: 4.62
2011: 4.14
2010: 3.85
2009: 4.40
2008: 4.63
2007: 4.12
2006: 4.23
2005: 3.93
2004: 4.51
2003: 4.35
2002: 4.28
2001: 4.09
2000: 4.63
1999: 4.59

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Maryland, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Maryland, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 4913
2012: 42
2011: 51
2010: 43
2009: 20
2008: 38
2007: 23
2006: 30
2005: 39
2004: 38
2003: 35
2002: 34
2001: 39
2000: 37
1999: 43

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8313
2012: 0.71
2011: 0.88
2010: 0.74
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.67
2007: 0.41
2006: 0.53
2005: 0.70
2004: 0.69
2003: 0.64
2002: 0.62
2001: 0.73
2000: 0.70
1999: 0.82

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Maryland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 20813
2012: 227
2011: 187
2010: 179
2009: 232
2008: 221
2007: 207
2006: 208
2005: 178
2004: 206
2003: 201
2002: 195
2001: 178
2000: 203
1999: 196

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.5113
2012: 3.86
2011: 3.21
2010: 3.10
2009: 4.05
2008: 3.89
2007: 3.66
2006: 3.70
2005: 3.18
2004: 3.71
2003: 3.66
2002: 3.58
2001: 3.31
2000: 3.83
1999: 3.73

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Maryland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 5
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 11
2003: 4
2002: 6
2001: 10
2000: 2
1999: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.07
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.02

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Maryland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Maryland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Maryland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Maryland, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 3
2002: 3
2001: 5
2000: 4
1999: 5

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.10

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Maryland, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Maryland, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Maryland, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Maryland, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Maryland, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 3818
2010: 22
2009: 38
2008: 6119
2007: 38
2006: 39
2005: 30
2004: 19
2003: 17
2002: 20
2001: 2020
2000: 27
1999: 22
1998: 20
1997: 15
1996: 23
1995: 31

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Maryland at a rate of 11.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Maryland ranked at No. 3321 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Maryland is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Maryland includes the Code of Public General Laws (Statutes) of Maryland and the Constitution of Maryland 1867 (last amended 2012)23

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Maryland are regulated by the State of Maryland (with some exceptions for local governments)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Maryland, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law.28 State law does not include a similar right.29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Maryland, civilians are not allowed to possess assault pistols, unless possessed prior to 1 June 1994,30 and large capacity ammunition magazines,31 but civilians are allowed to possess machine guns32 and .50 calibre rifles33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Maryland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to licensing and registration32 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Maryland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Maryland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire handguns35 36 30 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Maryland, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (but a permit to acquire is required for handguns and assault weapons)36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Maryland is 18 years for rifles and shotguns purchase (no minimum age for possession), or 21 years for assault weapons, or handguns37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a permit to acquire handguns and assault weapons in Maryland, being a federally non-disqualified individual,38 39 must pass additional background checks which consider criminal, mental health, addiction, and domestic violence36 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Maryland stipulates40 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Maryland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for handguns and assault weapons35 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Maryland, the law requires (permanent record of handguns and assault weapons)41 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Maryland, licensed firearm dealers are required (for regulated weapons only)42 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Maryland, licensed gun makers are required (for machine guns)32 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Maryland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted by a licensed firearm dealer (for handguns and assault weapons)43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Maryland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful only for handguns and assault weapons44 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Maryland is obliged (for handguns and assault weapons only)43 45 46 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Maryland is obliged45 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Maryland, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one every 30 days (handguns and assault weapons)47 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Maryland is reported to be

2015: 3,41748
2014: 3,41149
2013: 3,17550
2012: 2,78051
2011: 2,49552

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Maryland, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 7 days (for handguns and assault weapons)53 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Maryland, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated54 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Maryland do not include (handguns only)55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Maryland do not include56 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Maryland include55 57 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Maryland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law58 59 60 61 25 26

Firearm Tracing

In Maryland, state authorities carry out62 25 26 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Maryland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not62 63 25 26 recorded in a register

Firearm Microstamping

In Maryland, new firearms are not required to be62 25 26 microstamped with a unique identifier

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Maryland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit (for hanguns) and without a permit for (long guns)64 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Maryland, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit65 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Maryland, local licensing authorities "may issue", with room for discretion,65 66 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Maryland, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (no statutes currently exist)65 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Maryland, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt65 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Maryland, private guns are prohibited in public demonstrations,67 vehicles (loaded firearms and exposed handguns), commercial aircrafts57 and schools68 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Maryland as ‘A-’69

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Maryland on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 4570
2010: 4571
2009: 5272
2008: 5373
2007: 5374

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Maryland at No. 575 among 50 US States


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