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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Gun Shows in Maryland.’ Gun Sales. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 10 May

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Gun Shows in Maryland

Maryland requires all vendors displaying state-defined "regulated firearms" (handguns and assault weapons) for transfer from a table or fixed display at a gun show to hold either a valid Maryland regulated firearms dealer's license or, for persons displaying a firearm at five or fewer gun shows per year, a temporary transfer permit issued by Secretary of the Maryland State Police.

Maryland defines a gun show as "any organized gathering open to the public at which any firearm is displayed." All prospective transfers of regulated firearms at a gun show are subject to a background check.

Each temporary transfer permit is valid for a single gun show, and a person may not receive more than five permits during a single calendar year.

Persons displaying standard rifles and shotguns are not required to possess either a dealer's license or a temporary transfer permit, and private transfers of these firearms are not subject to federal or state background check requirements, although federal and limited state purchaser prohibitions still apply…

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

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