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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Universal Background Checks in Maryland.’ Background Checks. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 December
Private Sales in Maryland
Private firearms sellers (persons who are not licensed dealers) must process transfers of "regulated firearms" (handguns and assault weapons) through a licensed dealer or designated law enforcement agency.
In addition, no regulated firearm transfers may be made to any person whom the private seller knows or has a reasonable cause to believe is a prohibited purchaser under state law…
Private sales of standard rifles and shotguns are not required to be processed through a licensed dealer, and purchasers are not subject to background checks…
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