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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Gun Dealers in Maryland.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 25 November

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Dealer Regulations in Maryland

Federal law requires firearms dealers to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), although resource limitations prevent the ATF from properly overseeing all its licensees.

Any person in Maryland engaged in the business of selling, renting, or transferring state-defined "regulated firearms" (handguns and assault weapons) must have a Maryland firearms dealer's license.

A separate license is required for each place of business where regulated firearms are sold. Prospective dealers may only obtain such a license if they are not prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition under federal or state law, as outlined in the Maryland Prohibited Purchasers Generally section.

A regulated firearms dealer's license is valid for one year, and may be renewed for a term of one year or will expire on the first June 30 following its effective date. (Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-111(a).))

Dealers are required to "display conspicuously" the license and any other licenses required by law at the dealer's place of business…

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